"If I could only drink one drink for the rest of my life, it would be the Old Fashioned and all of its variations. Simple to make, but so complex in flavor, and swapping out the spirit allows for me to never get bored!" - Jamie Boudreau, Canon (Seattle, WA)
"The Old Fashioned as a style of drink is both extremely simple and extremely versatile. Sugar, bitter, spirit, and (maybe?) a little ice. Your sugars/sweeteners can change with mood, season, spirit, or cupboard, and the bitters can enhance a favored flavor or mask an undesirable quality in a spirit.
In terms of spirits, I'd choose rum... it's just so tasty. It can be light and dry, it can be dark and rich, it can be fruity or spicy, vegetal or like candy. And you can mix them! Our rum Old Fashioned at The Hawthorne has the slightly funky Jamaican Appleton Reserve, the deliciously rich El Dorado 15-year from Guyana, and Batavia arrack, which is wild on its own, but brings a brightness to the Old Fashioned. Rum's diversity and the Old Fashioned’s structure as a cocktail make it a winner for my lonely eternity on an island." - Jackson Cannon, The Hawthorne and Eastern Standard (Boston, MA)