"The old fashioned Old Fashioned"
60cm x 70cm - oil on canvas - (2016).
1 1/2 oz Rye whiskey
Angostura bitters (add Orange bitters for added flavor)
1 Sugar cube (I prefer 1 - 2 bar spoons simple syrup
Twist of orange
Served on the rocks.
This is the classic version of an Old Fashioned cocktail from
before the prohibition era. In later versions orange wedges and a
cherry were added to the drink.
Setting up the reference for this painting was quite
challenging. Photographers would normally use acrylic ice cubes and
food coloring and all sorts of other gimmicks when creating
pictures of beverages. This, however is the real thing. The problem
with that was that I had about a 20sec window after pouring the
drink to take my reference picture. After that the glass would mist
up with water droplets forming all over, which I didn’t want
because they obstructed the view into the inside of the glass. I
also wanted to show the drink in its state right after it had been
prepared. The ice cube is hand carved and sculpted to lie at this
angle. Together with some air bubbles and cracks this looks more
interesting than an upright and completely clear cube.