Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Cocktail

Base Spirit: Bourbon / American Whiskey

Type: Classics

Served: On the Rocks

Strength: Medium

Difficulty: Medium

Flavor Profile: Spirit-forward, Sweet

About the Old Fashioned Cocktail

The Old Fashioned cocktail is old-school but never out of fashion.

Ingredients in the Old Fashioned Cocktail

  • 1 Brown sugar cube
  • .5 tsp White sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
  • .25 oz Cold water
  • 2 oz George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky or other American whiskey

Garnish: Lemon and orange twists

Glass: Rocks

How to make the Old Fashioned Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass. Muddle to break down the sugar and stir briefly. Fill with ice, stir again and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Twist slices of lemon and orange peel over the drink and drop them in.

Watch Liquor.com advisory board member Dushan Zaric make a classic Old Fashioned in our How to Cocktail video. And if you prefer muddled fruit in your Old Fashioned, try Zaric and Jason Kosmas’ contemporary Old Fashioned recipe.

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