Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is a timeless cocktail that epitomizes the very definition of a classic spirit-forward drink. It’s a simple yet elegant concoction that has stood the test of time, dating back to the early 19th century. The beauty of an Old Fashioned lies in its simplicity, highlighting the whiskey’s depth with a touch of sweetness and bitters to enhance its flavors.


  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 1 Sugar Cube (or 1/2 teaspoon of loose sugar)
  • Few dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Splash of Water
  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange Peel and a Maraschino Cherry for garnish


  1. Prepare the Glass: Place a sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass. Add a few dashes of Angostura bitters and a splash of water.
  2. Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the sugar cube and mix it with the bitters and water until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Add Whiskey: Fill the glass with a couple of large ice cubes, then pour in the bourbon or rye whiskey. Stir gently to combine, ensuring that the drink is well chilled.
  4. Garnish: Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop it into the drink. Add a maraschino cherry for a touch of sweetness and color.
  5. Serve: Serve the cocktail with a stirring rod, allowing guests to stir their drink if they desire additional dilution.


  • For a smoother drink, you can substitute the sugar cube and water with simple syrup, adjusting the sweetness to taste.
  • Experiment with different types of whiskey to find your preferred flavor profile. Each type brings its unique characteristics to the cocktail.
  • The garnish plays a significant role in the aroma and initial taste of the drink. Don’t skip the orange peel, as it adds a necessary citrus note that balances the sweetness.

The Old Fashioned is not just a cocktail; it’s a piece of history in a glass, offering a direct link to the origins of cocktail culture. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless appeal and the pleasure of enjoying a well-made drink.

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