|2 fl oz||Bourbon whiskey|
|1/2 fl oz||Luxardo Maraschino liqueur|
|3 dash||Angostura Aromatic Bitters|
|2 dash||Orange Bitters by Angostura|
Difford's Guide remains free-to-use thanks to the support of the brands in green above.
Aromatised, tamed bourbon with complex maraschino notes. Basically, a Whiskey Old Fashioned with maraschino in place of sugar syrup. Surprisingly dry, thanks to generous dashes of orange and angostura bitters.
Served straight-up in a sugar-rimmed coupe or Nick & Nora glass.
Origin: The first known reference to the Fancy Free appears in Crosby Gaige's 1940 Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion as follows:
1 jigger Fine Arts Whiskey
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Dash of Orange Bitters
2 dashes Maraschino
Frost the rim of a cocktail glass with lemon juice and fine sugar. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into prepared glass."
As you can see, the Fancy Free was originally a shaken drink served in a sugar-rimmed stemmed cocktail glass. And that's how I first encountered this cocktail back in the 1990s. However, modern bartenders have reworked this cocktail to be an "improved" Old Fashioned with 'improved' referring to the use of maraschino liqueur in place of sugar syrup. Hence, the stemmed glass and sugared rim have gone, giving way to a stirred drink served old-fashioned style, on-the-rocks (or rock if you've block ice to hand).