Old Fashioned Cocktail

Created in Bourbon country around the late 1800s, the Old-Fashioned cocktail is a classic American cocktail. This drink has many variations, and no doubt you will see some of those variants on this website. This Old-Fashioned drink recipe is a basic, tried and true drink.


  • 1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup. Or 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 strip of lemon zest
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 ounces bourbon (or rye whiskey, if preferred)
  • large ice cubes
  • (optional) 2 ounces of chilled club soda


  1. Add the sugar and bitters to the bottom of an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add the water, and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  3. Muddles the sugars, lemons zest, and orange slice. Remove orange slice.
  4. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine.
  5. (optional) top with club soda.
  6. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.
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