Originally appearing in "Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion" in 1941, the Fancy-Free cocktail was likely not created by Gaige, but he's often attributed for naming it. The original recipe: === 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. === Fine Arts Whiskey is no longer made and is variably substituted with either bourbon or rye.
An Old Fashioned with maraschino liqueur as the sweetener instead of sugar. Those who like maraschino will enjoy this. If you don't love the flavor, I'd recommend potentially using a 6:1 ratio instead (1 1/2 oz whiskey to 1/4 oz maraschino. Subbing in a bourbon might also sweeten it up a bit more compared to the rye. I, for one, prefer the simpler Old Fashioned.