Classic Old Fashioned

Bourbon in a glass

This recipe comes to you straight from Steve the Bartender, and is the easiest version of the drink around. No muddling, no muss, no fuss. According to Steve, “People started ordering an “old-fashioned whiskey cocktail” to ensure they received a whiskey-based cocktail that didn’t have any adulterations and by 1880 the mixed drink was commonly referred to as the Old Fashioned.”

So there you go. While I prefer my version to the classic, this is probably what you’ll get when you order an Old Fashioned at your local bar. Cheers!

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Classic Old Fashioned

    • Preparation: 5 min
    • Ready in: 5 min
    • For: 1 Drink
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    • 60 milliliters bourbon whiskey or rye whiskey
    • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
    • 2-3 dashes aromatic bitters


    1. In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients
    2. Stir with ice for 20-30 seconds
    3. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass
    4. Garnish with an orange (or lemon) twist

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