How to restore the Old-Fashioned to what it should be - all the best things you remember about your grandparents without being reminded of those relentlessly optimistic and soulless walls?
The solution is to back off the fruit salad but keep the flavors by muddling the peel for flavor without diluting everything with orange juice, reduce the sugar, and balance the Bourbon with rye for added complexity and spiciness. Note: this might work well with a drier Bourbon like Knob Creek and no rye, but all this research takes it toll on your humble researcher; I simply could not drink any more Old-Fashioneds and still record the results of my researches!
In the bottom of an old-fashioned glass, muddle the small strip of orange zest well to express the oils. Add the sugar, water, and bitters and mix well.
Add the two whiskeys and stir well.
Garnish a second old-fashioned glass with the long strip of orange zest and the cherry. Add a few ice cubes.
Strain the cocktail over the ice, stir to chill and serve.