Bourbon Old Fashioned

Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

Base Spirit: Bourbon / American Whiskey, Whiskey

Type: Classics

Served: On the Rocks

Strength: Medium

Difficulty: Medium

About the Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

Try this quintessential Old Fashioned cocktail with your favorite bourbon.

Ingredients in the Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
  • 1 Orange wheel
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • 1 splash Club soda
  • 2 oz Bourbon

Garnish: Fresh orange wheel and cherry

Glass: Old Fashioned

How to make the Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

Old Fashioned drinkers are divided on the question of muddling the fruit. Dale DeGroff likes the muddled version. To prepare the traditional version, muddle only the sugar, bitters and splash of soda but keep the fruit as garnishes.

Still thirsty? Try some of these Old Fashioned variations:
Spiced Old Fashioned
Maple Old Fashioned
C & B Old Fashioned

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  1. Soda? Soda? Your entire website just lost all credibility.

  2. I have to agree with mtl– no soda, please.

    TWO sugar cubes? And muddle the fruit? Why not sugar the rim and add an umbrella while you’re busy ruining the drink.

    Old Fashioned is easy: Sugar cube soaked with bitters, healthy slosh of Rye, Large ice cube. Done…

  3. Right. No Soda. No Orange. No Cherry. No muddling of fruit.

  4. and if your old fashioned is “medium strength”, you’re not drinking an old fashioned

  5. Aaahhh, Dale DeGroff recipes. For such a respected cocktail guru, much of his stuff reeks of the mediocre drinks of the ’80s and ’90s. Please leave the muddled fruit salad and fizzy water out of my Old Fashioned, thank you. Oh, and how about going a little lighter on the bitters, and the sugar. Actually, just let me make my own Old Fashioned – Dale’s recipe is kind’ve awful.


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