As far as classic cocktails go, the Old Fashioned cocktail is probably one of the most famous ones out there. This is a cocktail for whiskey lovers, and you can make it with your favourite bourbon or rye.
Squeeze the orange peel over the cocktail first to release its oils, then drop it into the drink
For the most Insta-worthy Old Fashioneds, use cocktail cherries and orange peel twists as garnish.
For a more citrus-infused sip, run the orange peel along the rim of the glass before dropping it into the cocktail.
Love the taste of bitters? Then add more to your Old Fashioned until it tastes just the way you like it.
Add the simple syrup, bitters and bourbon to a rocks glass
Add ice cubes
Stir until properly chilled (about 30 seconds)
Express the oils from an orange peel, then drop it into the drink as garnish
What is an Old Fashioned?
It’s safe to say that even if you have no cocktail knowledge, you would at least have heard of the famous Old Fashioned cocktail at some point in your life. It belongs in the cocktail hall of fame along with some of the best whiskey cocktails like the Manhattan, Whiskey Sours and Irish Coffee.
As is often the case, there are many claims about where the Old Fashioned cocktail originated. One of the more famous stories is that it was created at a gentleman’s club in Louisville, Kentucky, in the late 1800s.
Over the years, Old Fashioned cocktail ingredients haven’t changed much. You still only need bourbon, sugar, bitters, and water to create this iconic amber-coloured drink. Back then, bartenders didn’t have all the mod cons they do today, so learning how to make an Old Fashioned was really quite simple—and still is.
How to make the best Old Fashioned cocktail
When you hear the name Old Fashioned cocktail, it might conjure up images of leather armchairs, smoky gentlemen’s clubs, and scenes from the popular TV drama, Mad Men. While we can’t cast you in Mad Men, we can do the next best thing: give you the right mix of Old Fashioned cocktail ingredients so that you can serve this iconic American drink at your next dinner party.
An Old Fashioned drink recipe calls for either rye whisky or bourbon. We chose Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Whisky for its high rye content and bold signature Wild Turkey spice and orange peel flavour. It is as classic as this cocktail.
For the perfect serve, garnish with either an orange twist or maraschino cherries—or both. To make the orange twist, hold the peel over the cocktail and give it a good twist to express all those aromatic citrus oils straight into the drink. For extra orange flavour, rub the orange peel along the rim of the glass before popping it into your Old Fashioned cocktail.
Old Fashioned cocktail variations
This cocktail has a long history so, unsurprisingly, there are plenty of Old Fashioned cocktail variations that you can play around with:
- For a taste of warm apple pie, swap out the bourbon for gin, infuse the simple syrup with cinnamon, and use apple-flavored aromatic bitters.
- Brandy lovers can make a Brandy Old Fashioned by simply swapping out the bourbon with brandy.
- Tequila fans can make a Reposado Old Fashioned and it’s a whole different creation, using reposado tequila, nectarine slices, agave syrup, Bing cherries and bitters.
- For something completely different, coffeeholics can create a Coffee Old Fashioned with creme de cacao, espresso, simple syrup and bitters.