The Edible Bracket 2011

Last year's winners of the MNCAAPG Best Bracket contest are back. This March Madness season, we will be documenting foods associated with the competing schools. Consider it March Madness, Top Chef Edition.

Louisville (Louisville, KY): Old Fashioned Cocktail

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We learned, from Mark Kurlansky’s excellent book, The Food of a Younger Land, that old fashioneds—now popular in bars all over Brooklyn—actually originated in Louisville.  Kurlansky writes:

Originated by “Martin” (full name, Martin Cuneo), a bartender for the Pendennis Club of Louisville, Kentucky … [t]he old fashioned cocktail is really a development from what was known as an old fashioned toddy.  Certain patrons of the club, those gentlemen who knew exactly what they wanted in a drink, began to ask from time to time for certain additions to their toddy, such as a slice of orange, a cherry, etc.  Ultimately, the bartender, upon receiving an order for a toddy for Colonel Whosis, would know that the Colonel expected the drink to be fashioned in a certain manner.  Finally, in order to eliminate confusion in filling orders, the old fashioned cocktail was evolved to differ from the toddy.  The following recipe, furnished by Martin, the bartender, now retired, is the original (as far as Kentucky is concerned) old fashioned cocktail.


Old Fashioned Cocktail

from The Food of a Younger Land

1/2 lump sugar, dissolved
1 dash Angosura Bitters
1 or 2 lumps ice; stir well to chill

1.5 ounces Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Add 1/2 slice of orange
[1 cherry with stem—all the cherries were moldy when we tried to buy them at our local bodega!]

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