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 favorite bourbon or rye whiskey. 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.
What is an Old Fashioned?
As is often the case, there are many claims as to 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-colored drink. Back in those days, bartenders didn’t have all the mod cons they do today, so learning to 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 flavor. 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 flavor, rub the orange peel along the rim of the glass before popping it into your Old Fashioned cocktail.