By Laurence Marot
I never really knew what I wanted to do in life, except learn and experience new things. I graduated with a Bac L (specialized in languages – English, German, Russian and Chinese) then went on to do a international trades BTS, focusing more on economy and law studies, then a license in American and British literature and civilization.
I have been a junior accountant, a French teacher, a butcher, worked at the French Trade Commission in Sydney and eventually fell into bars.
5 tips for an Old Fashioned
1 – The most important is to control your balance. Sugar syrup makes you drink more precise than a sugar cube.
2 – Tasting your drink whilst making it and before serving is key. You want to make sure you drink is up to standard before giving it away.
3 – Dilution and temperature control are essential for a drink to taste good.
4 – Under-stir your old fashioned a bit. Nice and boozy for anyone drinking fast but for the normal drinker the Old Fashioned will dilute gently as you sip it (Marcis said it before me and better).
5 – Express your orange zest on top of the drink. Do not do it in the glass before, you will lose all the extra flavors.
The Pierre-Marie’s recipe of an old fashioned
60 ml Woodford Reserve
10 ml sugar syrup (1:1 ratio)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 orange zest