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  • Writer's pictureMeg Williams

Cocktail: Old Fashioned

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

There is nothing more classic than an Old Fashioned. The worlds most popular cocktail, it is a great go-to for all occasions. Here is the really simple recipe to try making it at home.


  • 1 orange slice

  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz) of bourbon

  • Angostura bitters

  • 1 sugar cube

  • 1 tsp water


  1. Rub the orange wedge around the inside of the rocks glass to coat with a layer of orange juice.

  2. Put the sugar cube and water in into the glass and swirl to dissolve

  3. Splash in 2 very light dashes of angostura bitters

  4. Add ice

  5. Pour in jigger of bourbon

  6. Stir and garnish with an orange peel

  7. Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • If you have simple syrup, that can substitute for the sugar and water. Just use 1 tsp of that.

  • Instead of muddling your orange inside the glass, you could use 1/2 tsp of Grand Marnier for a citrus flavor. Or Angostura also makes orange bitters.

  • Angostura are the classic bitters for this cocktail, but if you find them too bitter, Peychaud bitters are also very nice and more fruity

  • A higher proof bourbon will draw out more complex flavors in the drink

  • Alternatively, some people really like an Old Fashioned with rye whiskey instead of bourbon. It's not the classic, but we think it's pretty tasty too

  • There is a heated debate in the bourbon world over rather or not to add a cherry to an Old Fashioned. We say whatever makes you happy.

  • Milwaukee claims to be the home of the Old Fashioned, and there they add a splash of club soda. If you do, definitely use a higher proof bourbon, and give it an extra stir to mix the flavors together.

Let us know if you have any favorite tips or tricks to making an Old Fashioned!

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