The Old Fashioned is about as classic as it gets, dating back to the early 1800s. Esquire Magazine even claims that the concoction was literally the very first cocktail recipe ever published, back in 1806. Traditionally made with whisky, and later with bourbon, this classic cocktail combines the bite of bitters with the sweetness of sugar, pulling it together with an orange twist. Twenty years ago, well into his retirement, my grandfather enjoyed a single Old Fashioned every afternoon at 4 without fail. He always mixed it himself, sipping from his very best glass while sitting in his favourite armchair beside the window in winter or enjoying the sweltering summer heat as the days grew longer. And he wasn’t alone: the simplicity and smoothness of the cocktail has appealed to generations.