Kim Stodel and Ben Molina explore the history and construction of the Old Fashioned cocktail. The ultimate cocktail, a progenitor. After Cinco de Mayo, top two cocktails of all time. A simple, elegant, perfect cocktail. A boozy cocktail, nowhere to hide. Mad Men season 2, old fashioned was social currency, someone ordered an old fashioned manhattan, sheepishly not knowing what they were. Kim talks Ben's old fashioned back in his Yard days, with bunny ear garnishes. Had a bartending moment, making four at a time, assembly line style, using Fee Brothers bitters instead of Angostura. Imbibe book by David Wondrich tells us the history of the old fashioned. Even though the stories are convoluted, Wondrich's story tells of the 1860's in New York City, passing by word of mouth, printed in the New York Times in an article talking about bartenders making drinks "the old fashioned way." A response to the rise of cocktail culture, turning up their noses to whisky sours and brandy crustas and wanting cocktails with booze, bitters and a lump of sugar. Lumpy's Sugar presents Equal Parts. The old fashioned was a reaction to what was happening of the day. The whiskey sours and brandy crustas were the disruptors of the day. An infinitely adaptable cocktail, and that's what making cocktails is all about.