The Old Fashioned

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Classic Cocktail Series: The Old Fashioned

We love developing new cocktail recipes, but to kick off the fall season, we are going old school with classic cocktails that we think everyone should know. There is a reason why these drinks remain in constant rotation - they're delicious. So every week this month, we'll be releasing our favorite classic cocktail recipes, mixed exactly how we make them at home. 

First up, The Old Fashioned. Originally called the Whiskey Cocktail, the Old Fashioned was served up rather than on ice. In the late 19th century, bartenders began to gussy up the drink, so Whiskey Cocktail lovers began asking for the Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail. The name stuck. 

The process for creating an Old Fashioned is incredibly simple. Cane sugar cubes and aromatic bitters get muddled in a mixing glass (Need the tools? You can find our natural hardwood muddler here and mixing glass here!). Bourbon and orange zest are added along with ice. After a 15-second stir, the mixture is poured into two rocks glasses containing a large ice cube (the large ice cube allows for the drink to dilute slowly). Add a strip of orange zest, and you're ready to go.

The Old Fashioned
makes two drinks 

  • 4 shots bourbon
  • 2 cubes cane sugar
  • 10 dashes aromatic bitters (we like Hella Bitter Aromatic Bitters) 
  • 2 strips of orange zest
  1. Add the cane sugar cubes and aromatic bitters to a mixing glass.
  2. Muddle the ingredients until the sugar has mostly dissolved.
  3. Add the bourbon and orange zest.
  4. Add ice to above the level of the liquid, and stir for 15 seconds. 
  5. Strain the mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice, and garnish with remaining orange zest. 
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