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The Opinionated Alchemist's Ideology of the Old Fashioned

It seems that there is for the moment a big Old Fashioned promotion going on. Angostura, which is one ingredient, which is in essentially every bar, tried to push their popularity even further - well they know, that 99% of all bartenders and bars are using their product.
But what is an Old Fashioned? And what makes an Old Fashioned an Old Fashioned?
I have been annoyed, when one of my favorite YouTube channels "How to Drink" really screwed up with this cocktail. So first the video below...
Why did Greg screwed up?
Let's start first with the origins. 
We can safely presume, that the Old Fashioned was the original cocktail:
The first definition of cocktail known to be an alcoholic beverage appeared in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) May 13, 1806; editor Harry Croswell answered the question, "What is a cocktail?": Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered slin…