The Old Fashioned represents an essential chapter in cocktail history & when made properly deserves its place amongst the great cocktails. This recipe perfectly balances boozey, with sweet, fruity & bitter in a nuanced combination of ingredients that just never gets old. Feel free to try Rye Whiskey, Cognac or Rum in place of Bourbon in a nod to other "old fashioned" cocktails.

  • Our Rating: 5
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Character: Boozy
  • Occasions: Pre Dinner
  • Preparation Time: 2 min
Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Ingredients

Bourbon Whiskey2shots
Simple Syrup1tsp
Angostura Bitters2dashes

Garnish with twist of orange peel.

How to Make a Old Fashioned

  1. Build the whiskey, simple syrup & bitters into a mixing glass with ice & stir.
  2. Strain over fresh ice into an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Twist the orange peel over the surface of the cocktail, & then rub the rim of the glass with the orange peel before dropping in to serve.

Tips & Tricks Making a Old Fashioned

  • If you're a Rum drinker you might try swapping the Whiskey for Rum, the Angostura Bitters for Orange Bitters & the Orange Peel for Lime Peel for an old-fashioned alternative to your usual rum-based tropical fruit concoctions.
  • Maple syrup is an interesting alternative to simple syrup that works very well with Whiskey.

Fun Facts About the Old Fashioned

  • At the beginning of the 19th century, the earliest cocktails consisted simply of water, bitters, sugar & a spirit of choice. However, as new more fanciful cocktail recipes began to appear, more traditional gentlemen began to ask bartenders for a cocktail in the "old fashioned" way.

Items You Need to Make a Old Fashioned

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Old Fashioned Glass

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Mixing Glass

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Stirring Spoon

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Citrus Peeler

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