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
1 sugar cube
1 tsp water
Rub the orange wedge around the inside of the rocks glass to coat with a layer of orange juice.
Put the sugar cube and water in into the glass and swirl to dissolve
Splash in 2 very light dashes of angostura bitters
Pour in jigger of bourbon
Stir and garnish with an orange peel
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!