Old Fashioned

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Cocktail History

The Old Fashioned is a classic whiskey cocktail that was created in the 1800s and first published in Modern American Drinks: How to Mix & Serve All Kinds of Cups, Cocktails, & Fancy Mixed Drinks by George Kappeler in 1895, making it one of the oldest cocktail recipes still made today. Several variations of the drink exist, but it is traditionally made with bourbon or rye, sugar, bitters, and citrus.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Bourbon: This is the base spirit. We went with Knob Creek 9 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon because it’s rich and full bodied with notes of smooth vanilla and caramel.

Demerara Syrup: This is a sweetener that also adds thickness. We made ours using Alex’s recipe.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Orange Bitters: This adds a bit of the citrus’s sweet flavor to balance out the other ingredients. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Orange Peel: This is the garnish. It adds a bit of orange aroma and flavor when dropped into the drink.

Cherries: These are the garnish. We prefer Luxardo Maraschino cherries.

Tasting Notes

The Old Fashioned is rich, smooth, and balanced, and one sip feels like you’re loosening your tie after a long day.

Recipe

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ½ oz Homemade Demerera Syrup
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 2 dashes Orange Bitters
 1 Orange Peel
 3 Cherries

Method
1

Add bourbon, Demerara syrup, bitters, and ice to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Express orange peel into drink.

4

Drop orange peel into glass.

5

Garnish with cherries.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ½ oz Homemade Demerera Syrup
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 2 dashes Orange Bitters
 1 Orange Peel
 3 Cherries

Directions

Method
1

Add bourbon, Demerara syrup, bitters, and ice to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Express orange peel into drink.

4

Drop orange peel into glass.

5

Garnish with cherries.

Old Fashioned

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More Whiskey Cocktails

If you like this whiskey-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Stone Fence: A bourbon cocktail made with apple cider, Angostura Aromatic bitters, and mint

 Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

 Mountain Man: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, peach liqueur, ginger syrup, maple syrup, and candied ginger

 Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

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