Old Fashioned

Published on Nov 11, 2017

When you talk about whiskey-based cocktails it’s hard not to mention the old fashioned, as it’s one of the favored cocktails among lovers of whiskey; and one of the simplest cocktails to make. The drink was developed during the 19th century and given its name in the 1880s.  It is traditionally served in a short tumbler glass, which is also called an Old Fashioned glass.   The most popular of the “old-fashioned” cocktails were made with whiskey, and rye being more popular than Bourbon.  Eventually, the use of other spirits became common, such as a gin recipe becoming popularized in the late 1940s.  But in some regions, brandy is substituted for whiskey.  Most common garnishes include a maraschino cherry and an orange peel.


Old Fashioned


  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup I prefer to infuse it with Orange Peel
  • Orange Peel for garnish


  1. Mix all ingredients in the serving glass and stir.
  2. Add ice cubes (not too many) and stir again.
  3. Light a match and wait a moment for the sulfur from the match head to burn away.
  4. Hold the orange peel colored side down, about two inches above the lit match.
  5. Quickly squeeze the peel toward the flame and drop the peel into the cocktail.


Top Image courtesy of Pixabay. Second image courtesy of Adam Jaime