Music playlists say a lot about the type of Christmas you have in store – from full-on cheesy party (Slade, what else?) to cosy-by-the-fire comfort (for which you can’t beat carols courtesy of the Salvation Army).
For me, the soundtrack to my perfect festive celebration has to be crammed with classic American crooners. Smooth, stylish and sentimental – just how I like my Christmas to be.
And against that backdrop, there can only be one choice when it comes to liquid refreshment – and it even comes complete with its own nostalgic name: The Old Fashioned.
Favoured by those seriously suave Madison Avenue gents of Mad Men, this whiskey-based classic has seen something of a resurgence of late, being as hip today as it was in the 1960s.
Try this method to create the ultimate Old Fashioned – and then recline and channel your inner Don Draper:
Old Fashioned recipe
|Monkey Shoulder bourbon||50ml|
|Fee Brother Cherry bitters||2 drops|
|Demerara sugar||1 tsp|
|Luxardo maraschino cherry||1|
|Orange skin||Shaving (garnish)|
- Put the sugar into a chilled glass tumbler and drizzle with the bitters. Add a tiny dash of hot water and mix until the sugar dissolves.
- Add two or three ice cubes and half the whisky. Stir for 30 seconds and then gradually add the rest of the whisky with more ice and the cherry.
- Take a slice of orange peel, twist to release the oil and then drop into the glass.