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Dillinger and The Old Fashioned

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The History Lesson

John Herbert Dillinger robbed more banks in 12 months than Jesse James robbed in 15 years.

Most folks agreed; He was the coolest guy ever. During bank heists, he’d vault over bank cages 7 feet tall. His nickname… was Jackrabbit.

In 1933, Dillinger was jailed in a supposedly escape-proof prison… and busted out, armed only with a hand-carved fake wooden gun.

Later that year, Dillinger and his gang walked into a police station disguised as tourists. They said they just wanted a peek at the guns that were going to be used to hunt the famous John Dillinger. The cops proudly showed off their arsenal, which his crew promptly stole.

The FBI shot John Dillinger outside a movie theater on July 22, 1934. He’d just seen the movie “Manhattan Melodrama.” It was a gangster film.

His last words were reportedly, “Wasn’t that a good movie?”


The Booze

The Old-Fashioned

Photo Credit: Noel Clark
Photo Credit: Noel Clark

Have a little blast from the past with this cocktail, as prepared by John the bartender at Los Angeles’ Dresden Room.
In rocks glass, add:

  • Less than 1/2 tsp bitters
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Splash of club soda

Dilute with spoon. Cover with ice. Fill remainder of glass with bourbon.

Note: Violent disagreement as to whether club soda should ever be added to an Old-Fashioned.

  • bzelbub

    What no muddling a sugar cube soaked with bitter? You do know in Wisconsin that you can have either sweet or sour Old fashioneds made with either brandy or whisky. Don’t just go to California for drink recipes, sheesh what are you barbarians? They scarcely even know what good cheese is either.

  • William Moore

    This is a pathetic Old Fashioned. The drink usually has a maraschino cherry and either an orange twist or, preferably, a slice of orange. Many would also argue that it is better made with rye rather than bourbon.

  • Peter

    While you guys are certainly entitled to your opinions (and the Old Fashioned certainly brings out people’s opinions…!) the drink recipe above is perfectly fine. For a fuller explanation, I offer the words of David Wondrich, cocktail historian and enthusiast. He’s no drink snob, but he knows cocktail history better than almost anyone…