Classic Cocktail: The Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

“The Old Fashioned is one of the most venerable of cocktails, predating not only the motorcar but the presidency of Abe Lincoln. Properly made, it’s strong but not too strong, sweet but not too sweet, and, most importantly, it’s dead-simple and absolutely delicious.” – Paul Clarke – Serious Eats

Old Fashioned Cocktail
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Mixing glass
Bartender spoon
Muddle (flat, without “teeth” is best)
Hawthorne strainer
Citrus peeler


Old Fashioned glass


Large ice cube or ice ball
1 sugar cube (can also useĀ 1 teaspoon superfine sugar or 1/4. oz simple syrup)
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
3-4 drops of water
2 oz. Bourbon
Orange peel (garnish)


Place sugar cube in mixing glass. Douse with 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a couple of drops of water. Muddle the sugar cube, water and bitters in the glass until the sugar has been completely dissolved into solution in the glass. Add the bourbon. Fill with mixing glass with ice and stir with bartender spoon for at least 20-30 seconds.


Place large ice cube(s) or ice ball into Old Fashioned glass. Strain the cocktail into the Old Fashioned glass, over the ice cubes/ball.

Cut a good size peel from an orange using the citrus peeler. With the outside of the peel facing downward over the Old Fashioned glass, pinch the peel together, which will release the oil from the peel into the glass. Run the outside of the peel around the inside lip of the glass, then drop the peel into the glass.

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