Old Fashioned

It's one of the oldest mixed drinks for a reason: An old fashioned cocktail is simple, impressive, and comes together with just a few ingredients.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 drink

The old fashioned whiskey cocktail—to spell out its full name—is such a classic. One of the oldest and best mixed drinks, the old fashioned was supposedly created by the Pendennis Club of Louisville, Ky., but, like many other iconic cocktails, its true origin story is unknown.

We may not know who to thank for this clever concoction, but we sure understand how to make it. It's simple: An old fashioned is mixed in the drinking glass, where a sugar cube is muddled with a few drops of water and a dash of Angoustura bitters. Then bourbon is added before the ice; we like to use one large cube so it chills, but doesn't dilute the drink. A twist of orange is the only garnish you need (yes, we're team no cherry).    


  • 1 sugar cube

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • Ice

  • Orange twist, for garnish


  1. Add sugar, bitters, and a splash of water to an old-fashioned glass. Stir until sugar dissolves.

  2. Add bourbon and stir to combine. Add ice to chill. Garnish with orange twist.

    old fashioned cocktail
    Bryan Gardner
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