Cocktail Recipe: Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned cocktail is a timeless classic that never goes out of style. This simple yet sophisticated cocktail boasts a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, thanks to the combination of sugar, bitters, and whiskey. The orange slice and maraschino cherry garnish adds a pop of color and a flavor, making it a perfect cocktail for any occasion.

The Old Fashioned is believed to have originated in the early 1800s, and is one of the oldest known cocktail recipes. The drink was initially referred to simply as a “whiskey cocktail” and was made by mixing whiskey with sugar, water, and bitters. Over time, bartenders began to experiment with the recipe, adding different types of fruit and garnishes.

  • 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp water
  • 60 ml bourbon or rye whiskey
  • Orange slice and/or maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Ice

Step 1:

In a rocks glass, muddle the sugar cube (or granulated sugar), bitters, and water until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 2:

Add a large ice cube to the glass. Pour the bourbon or rye whiskey over the ice and stir gently.

Step 3:

Garnish with an orange slice and/or a maraschino cherry.


Serve and enjoy this timeless classic Old Fashioned cocktail, which is perfect for sipping on a quiet evening or for impressing guests at a party. The perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, coupled with the rich flavor of bourbon or rye whiskey, makes it a favorite among cocktail lovers.