e many mixed drinks, the Old Fashioned has a number of variations and a history.It is one of the few cocktails that survived from the days of the Martini and the Manhattan. When prepared well, it is a full-bodied, delicious drink. It was one of my mothers favorites as a young woman in the 1940s and still carries the glamour of the era.Accounts agree that the Old Fashioned originated at the Pendennis Club, in Louisville, Kentucky.This Old Fashioned recipe appeared in a book written by George J. Kappeler, published in 1895, called Modern American Drinks.THE OLD-FASHIONED WHISKEY COCKTAILDissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece ice, a piece lemon-peel, one jigger whiskey. Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass.Robert Hess, writing for Drinkboy.com, cautions that it is common for modern bartenders to top off the drink with an ounce or more of soda. In his opinion, the soda spoils the drink.Here is another recipe from Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mixem by Stanley Clisby Arthur.Old Fashioned Cocktail1 lump sugar2 dashes Peychaud or Angostura bitters1 jigger rye whiskey1 piece lemon peel 1 chunk pineapple1 slice orange peel2 maraschino cherriesInto a heavy-bottomed barglass drop a lump of sugar, dash on the bitters, and crush with a spoon. Pour in the jigger of rye whiskey and stir with several lumps of ice. No shaking allowed! Let the mixture remain in the glass in which it is prepared. Garnish with a half-ring of orange peel, add the chunk of pineapple and the cherries with a little of the maraschino juice. Twist the slice of lemon peel over all and serve in the mixing glass with the barspoon.It is suggested by some that it is best to dissolve the sugar into a small amount of water first since sugar does not dissolve well in alcohol.The appearance of additional fruit became commonplace after the days of prohibition.Try both versions and decide which you prefer.About the AuthorEllen M. Zucker owns http://www.faces-and-fortunes-partytips.com a site where you can find advice on party and event planning from Party Pros. It includes tips, interviews, and advice on putting your event together from professionals who make parties and special events happen.