The Old Fashioned hit another hurdle when it became the sugary, fruit cocktail-filled drink that our grandparents ordered, and again more recently when a generation of Don Draper-wannabes tried to make it cool. Ugh.
I humbly submit that we don't try to make the Old Fashioned cool, and that we enjoy it for the cranky old thing that it is.
1 sugar cube (brown sugar cubes or bitters-infused cubes are quite good as well)
A couple dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces Rye whiskey
A splash club soda
Cocktail cherry (optional)
Add sugar and bitters to a cocktail glass and muddle them together. Add ice, whiskey, and soda, and stir. Garnish with the twist and cherry.
And if you find the bar serving these for 15 cents, let me know.