2.5 oz Smooth Ambler Contradiction
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Splash of Water
In a mixing glass combine the Sugar, Bitters and Water then stir thoroughly (you will be creating a paste consistency. Add the whiskey and ice and stir. Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with either a twist of Orange or Lemon and a maraschino cherry if you so desire. For a more modern version: muddle a wedge of orange and a maraschino cherry.
There was a very sweet lady that used to tend the President’s Bar at the Homestead Resort. In my opinion, she made me the best Old Fashioned that I have experienced in my life. I have always used her version as my litmus for what is a great Old Fashioned. She was from the school of thought of muddling the cherry and the orange together.