Old fashioned

The Old Fashioned

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Some drinks are ritualistic. They have a purpose, a deeper meaning. The construction of the cocktail is as important as the finished product. The Old Fashioned is one of those drinks for me. Odd because I prefer Scotch to Bourbon almost always, definitely when straight. The Old Fashioned is on my mind as the weather changes. I’m somewhat of a seasonal drinker. I drink beer, wine, and spirits year round but certain favorites seem better in the cooler months. Like Port wine and the Old Fashioned. So we are approaching Old Fashioned season and I thought I’d share a favorite recipe.

Count me a traditionalist but I want my fruit muddled. Many places are taking liberties with what is a classic cocktail, a perfect cocktail, there is no need to. Really it’s a bit of a pet peeve. The same goes for the choice of bourbon. There is mashed fruit, bitters, sugar, and club soda. Any middle of the road bourbon will suffice. I always have some Jim Beam or Four Roses around just for this.

Muddle From Oxford Languages

  1. bring into a disordered or confusing state. “I fear he may have muddled the message
  2. mix (a drink) or stir (an ingredient) into a drink. “muddle the kiwi slices with the sugar”

These definitions are close and almost explain what muddling is. Mix or stir is to gentle, mash is closer. Mash, completely mixed together and all over the inside of the glass. That’s what I want.



  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, it doesn’t have to be Angostura, but I haven’t found one I like as much. Actually there are a number of delicious “craft” bitters- but I drink them straight-after dinner.
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • Splash of water or soda (I prefer soda)

In the bottom of an old fashioned glass muddle the sugar, Angostura Bitters, one orange slice, one cherry and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind and add ice, bourbon, and soda or water. Garnish with remaining orange slice and cherry. Enjoy.

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Some other recipes you may enjoy. Building on our previous post here are three more whiskey cocktails to add to your growing recipe book. Continue to impress your friends and increase your knowledge and appreciation of whiskey.

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