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Old Fashioned

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This classic old fashioned recipe is easy to make with bourbon, bitters and your choice of sweetener.

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Old Fashioned Ingredients

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How To Make An Old Fashioned

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Old Fashioned Cocktail FAQ

When did the old fashioned cocktail originate? The historical origins of this cocktail are definitely murky, but it likely originated sometime during the mid-19th century. Here’s a great article about the “muddled” history of the old fashioned if you’d like to read more.

What is the best bourbon for old fashioned cocktails? Ideally you want a high-proof bourbon with bold flavor notes, so that the bourbon flavor is not overpowered by the orange and bitters. Bulleit, Four Roses Single Barrel, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace are some widely-available bourbons that I always enjoy in this cocktail.

Favorite Bourbon Cocktails

Looking for more bourbon cocktail recipes to try? Here are a few of my favorites:

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Old Fashioned

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

Description

This classic old fashioned recipe is easy to make with bourbon, bitters and your choice of sweetener.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3 shakes Angostura bitters 
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup or maple syrup
  • ice
  • 1 Luxardo cherry
  • orange peel

Instructions

  1. Mix. Combine the bourbon, bitters, simple syrup and a large ice cube in a lowball glass. Stir vigorously for 10 seconds or until the liquid is chilled.
  2. Garnish. Add a Luxardo cherry or two, if desired. Gently twist the orange peel directly over the glass, in order to express its oil, then drop the orange peel into the glass.
  3. Serve. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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38 comments on “Old Fashioned”

  1. I LOVE myself a good Old Fashioned. Especially here in WI, we are serious about making these not from scratch, don’t even think about it!

  2. Paul LOVES Bulleit Bourbon…and I prefer to drink it just like this – sugar, bitters, cherry and orange. YES.

  3. I feel the same way Ali. I love Mad Men. But watching it stresses me out. They characters are all just so terrible to each other. No morals what so ever!

    Beautiful photos, as usual :-)

  4. Hey Ali! I have been doing a cocktail series for the current season of Mad Men and you are putting me to shame! :) I’m not so good with photographing cocktails and you did a kick-ass job here! This is coming up on my list of cocktails in my series, but I’m going to have to link to your post – totally awesome!

    and yes…. keep watching! There’s an episode in Season 6 where you will just want to reach out and smack Don into Jersey! :)

  5. For a quick cheat, pour a healthy serving of bourbon and a splash of Grand Marnier.

  6. Don’t forget your can make them with Brandy!

  7. We’re in the middle of season three and enjoying it but, like you said, glad that we don’t have to stretch it out over many weeks. I’ve just printed your recipe though I don’t think I like bourbon. My husband has ordered an old fashioned twice since we’ve started watching Mad Men and, at the risk of sounding like a 1950s housewife, it might be fun to serve him one.

  8. I love the GIF and love this cocktail! Old-fashions are always something I order out on special occasions, but I’ve never made them at home!

  9. Love an Old Fashioned but with SOCO, or better known as southern comfort. No sugar needed, give it a try!!!

  10. This is such an awesome recipe, my husband loves old fashions, I feel they’re becoming more ‘hip’ again lol (makes me sound super old) so now I can pretend I know what I’m doing and make this for him! Love the gif, too cute!

  11. I really need to try this drink. I hear so many people rave about it.

  12. Me and my mom have been binge watching season 6 too!! I have actually never had an old fashioned but I think I might have to!!

  13. Without getting into spoilers, Don definitely has some consequences for his actions coming up! Stick with it :) Several of my male friends have gotten really into old fashions lately, they just look so fancy when you drink them, I think

  14. This is a great recipe you’ve got going! The old fashioned is my drink of choice – not to mention I love Bulliet bourbon. For me, though, I stick the with the sugar cube. You must put a couple of drops of water over the cube (or loose sugar if that’s what’s being used) for the sugar to dissolve. It takes longer this way but there is something about the creation and anticipation that I enjoy. I also use orange and I muddle in the orange every so slightly once the sugar cube is dissolved, then I put a couple of dashes Angostura, the bourbon and top with three ice cubes. I may or may not add the cherry (depending on if I have them).

    It’s Monday – I think an old fashioned is in order tonight!

  15. I use sugar cubes as well since I don’t make enough of these to keep simple syrup around. Plus I use cask-strength bourbon (Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve), which needs to be cut with water anyway, so muddling the sugar cube in the bitters and that water works well.

    But I’m glad to know you don’t muddle the fruit. I’m always annoyed when I order one and it comes back pink or red because the cherries and orange slice were muddled.

  16. I have been on a little bit of a bourbon kick lately. Must try this gorgeous classic!

  17. Beautiful blog post & lovely recipe! Classic!
    Just a note–if distilled spirits are actually distilled, there should be no gluten in the booze. Obviously, if it’s a gluten based spirit, there may be gluten particles around (just like in a kitchen), but there shouldn’t be any non-distilled gluten in the spirit. Legally, manufacturers are required to include “distilled” on their label, if it is actually ran through the still.

  18. Looks great.  Love your writing style.  My brother made some cherry bitters with absenthe.  Going to try this with the cherry bitters instead of the actual cherry and muddle up my orange slice a bit.  

  19. Does anyone have a conversion recipe for a liter pitcher of old fashioneds?

  20. Of course it is made with bourbon. Anyone who would even think of using rye would probably claim that there really is such a thing as a Vodka Martini.

  21. Tried this OF recipe using TX Whiskey and it was amazing. Had a frozen OF popsicle a couple of months ago that was made with TX Whiskey and it was delicious so I was looking for OF cocktail recipe to use that awesome whiskey and this one was perfect! While the frozen pop was good, the cocktail is so much better. Thanks for sharing.

  22. An Old Fashion is such a relaxing drink. Been drinking them for years (74yo). Make them exactly this way but use Angostura Orange Bitters. Gives them a slight orange flavor

  23. No Vermouth?