Old-Fashioned Cocktail

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Old-Fashioned Cocktail


Old-Fashioned Cocktail

A sugar cube soaked in bitters, a shot of whiskey, and an orange peel; creating an old-fashioned cocktail from scratch really is that easy. This classic drink has been served since the mid-1800s and is as popular today as it was back then.

The old-fashioned is one of the best ways to dress up your favorite whiskey without significantly altering the taste. If you're a traditionalist, you might prefer rye whiskey. The bourbon old-fashioned is a popular choice as well; it was the go-to style of whiskey for this iconic drink for years. Whichever whiskey you pour, the sweet, bitter, and fruit flavors added to the glass will enhance it nicely.

There are many ways to adjust this recipe, too. Follow an original, simplified approach, incorporate one of the modern twists, or personalize it to your taste or the whiskey you're pouring at the moment. Muddle or stir, add soda, use syrup, or ramp up the fruit... The point is that you enjoy the drink, so have fun exploring all of the options!


  • 1 sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 3 dashes bitters

  • 2 ounces ​bourbon or rye whiskey

  • Orange peel, garnish

  • Maraschino cherry, garnish


  1. Gather the ingredients
  2. Place a sugar cube or sugar in an old-fashioned glass and saturate it with bitters. Muddle or stir to mix.
  3. Add the whiskey, fill the glass with ice, and stir well.
  4. Express the orange peel over the drink before dropping it into the glass: Twist up the peel  and give it a good squeeze (directed toward the glass, not your eyes) and bits of citrus oil will spray into the drink. Add a cherry if you like.

Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/old-fashioned-cocktail-recipe-and-history-759328