Bourbon Old Fashioned

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Bourbon Old Fashioned

About The Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

Try this quintessential Old Fashioned cocktail with your favorite bourbon. It’s been said that the original cocktail contains sugar, bitters, whiskey and water. This variation, made by cocktail legend Dale Degroff, adds muddled fruit and soda water for a lighter, fruitier taste.

Ingredients in The Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

4 dashes
Angostura bitters
1 tsp
Orange wheel
Maraschino cherry
1 splash
Club soda
2 oz


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.

Other Information

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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Discussion (10)

  • donald.murray.566 posted 2 months ago

    As the manager of a whiskey bar and a bartender with over 25 years of experience, I have to say the most irritating thing I experience is very rarely going a week without some self-important person declaring, "The ONLY way to drink X (X=any cocktail or liquor) is Y (Y=any of the various methods of preparation). It amazes me that anyone would treat drinking as if it were a passage from the Old Testament that needed to be followed with a fear-of-eternal-damnation-dread that doesn't allow for various & individual tastes . Every week different guests, bartenders, former bar owners, hobbyists, and enthusiasts explain to me how bourbon, rye, or scotch should ONLY be consumed neat, or with one rock, or with a splash of water, or with one rock and a splash of water, or with a good amount of ice. It boggles my mind. It goes completely against my own reason for drinking: to relax and enjoy life, away from the watchful eyes of persnickety rule lovers.

  • PhotoJack45 posted 3 months ago

    Ever time I try one of these complicated recipes, I go back to the way my father made an Old Fashioned -- a bit of sugar, bitters, bourbon. Maybe a cherry for fun. But it's a very simple drink. Supposedly the modern OF was invented by a bartender in Louisville, but Mark Twain described something similar in "Huckleberry Finn," which was set before the Civil War. It's been around for a long time.

  • bjjnova posted 9 months ago

    I had an old fashioned like this in San Francisco: it was the essence of disgusting. I had another old fashioned in Silver Spring MD last week: divine! rye+simple syrup+bitters+cherry and a twist of orange (no horrible muddling, no gross sugar sand at the bottom of the drink, no awful club soda, and no huge orange wedge to completely unbalance the drink. I wouldn't drink this recipe above if it was free.

  • TristanOB posted 10 months ago

    Oranges and cherries don't belong in an Old Fashioned. An orange peel is a fine addition to a bourbon old fashioned, but rye with a lemon peel makes a better drink:

  • posted 1 year ago

    Muddling is the only way to enjoy a Old Fashion.

  • higgy915 posted 1 year ago

    The perfect Old Fashioned requires gum syrup (or gomme sirop)...a classic pre-prohibition sweetener that adds viscosity and richness. Liber & Co. ( makes a great one. It's cheap and it's the only simple I'll put into a cocktail.

  • deran.conkling posted 2 years ago

    and if your old fashioned is "medium strength", you're not drinking an old fashioned

  • SteveG posted 3 years ago

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

  • RomRom posted 3 years ago

    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...

  • mtl posted 3 years ago

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

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