Amer A. Vargas Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2018, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 38

by Amer A. Vargas

The Old-Fashioned Old Fashioned

In this issue of the MBJ, we revisit old times and an old fashioned and classic cocktail— the Old Fashioned itself.

The recipe for this cocktail has changed since its creation more than a couple of centuries ago, but nowadays it is well established. As you are about to find out, it is very simple and quick to prepare!

The ingredients you need for this mix are: 2 oz. (6 cl.) of rye or bourbon whiskey, 3 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1 splash of club soda or still water, 1 refined sugar cube (or half a teaspoon), and ice cubes.

Old Fashioned, photo by Mangomix

Naturally, the glass we use for this cocktail is an old fashioned cocktail glass (aka the lowball). Put the sugar in the glass and wet it with the three dashes of Angostura bitters and a splash of club soda or water. Stir a few seconds and crush a little bit of the sugar with a wooden muddler. Rotate the glass so the mix lines the inside wall of the glass. Next, add a few ice cubes and pour the rye whiskey or bourbon according to the drinker’s preference. Stir the whole mix and finish by decorating with an orange slice or an orange-peel twist.

For those who like a little caramel flavor, changing the refined white sugar to brown or demerara sugar will do the trick.

To the old times, and the great new times to come, cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.


Por Amer A. Vargas

Amer A. Vargas graduated with a Tourism Degree specializing in hotel management from CETT (Center for Tourism Studies) in Barcelona and spent the following decade in the service industry. Beginning as a waiter and then supervisor in high-end restaurants, he was next made responsible for raising service standards through staff training programs. After receiving further training as a butler, he worked as a butler and valet in private service as well as hotels in England and Europe.

During this time period, he translated the best-selling industry texts Butlers & Household Managers, 21st Century Professionals and Hotel Butlers, The Great Service Differentiators into Spanish and is currently creating butler training materials in the Spanish language.

As the Director of Spanish-speaking Markets, Amer is responsible for making the technology of butling available in private residences and hotels in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. He provides consultation, placement, and training services in these countries.