Old Fashioned

Old fashioned
Joe | Last Updated: November 19, 2023
I'm Joe, a veteran bartender with over a decade in the industry and a burning passion for mixing drinks.

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a classic and it’s one with some serious history. This cocktail actually dates all the way back to 1880 and quickly became a popular drink in New York.

It’s a delicious, yet simple-to-make cocktail that is still popular all around the world today, and this doesn’t come as a surprise once you’ve tried this drink.


  • 2 shots x Bourbon whiskey
  • 3 dashes x Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon x water
  • 1 teaspoon x sugar


  • Orange twist
  • Maraschino cherry

How To Make

  1. Add the sugars and bitters into a mixing glass, then add water and stir until the sugar is dissolved
  2. Fill the mixing glass 3/4 full with ice and add the whiskey
  3. Stir for around 20 seconds until chilled
  4. Strain into a rocks serving glass over one large ice cube
  5. Add your orange twist and maraschino cherry garnishes

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About The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail is one that can be linked back to two distinct places, but recipes remain mostly the same.

Whiskey, a splash of water, sugar and bitters is all you need to create this delicious cocktail, so long as you don’t forget your orange peel garnish.

But if you want to take this drink to the next level, serve with a single large ice cube to ensure the proper dilution levels.

James E Pepper was said to have invented this drink in Louisville, before he brought the recipe to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York city where the Old Fashioned was born.

To this day, the Old Fashioned is a popular cocktail and one that’s enjoyed all around the globe, and for good reason.

Give this recipe a try and I have no doubt you’ll enjoy the Old Fashioned cocktail.