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The Perfect Recipe for an Old Fashioned

With the growing popularity of mixology and the art of mixed drinks, classic cocktails have made their way back. From the modern ‘speakeasy’ to the chain around the corner, people are ordering martinis, Manhattan’s and anything else your creative bartender can put together.

The most popular of drinks is likely the Old Fashioned (originally called simply ‘whiskey cocktail’), which anyone can make with just a few ingredients. The following is an essential recipe for an Old Fashioned that goes perfect in an old school tumbler and a Sinatra tune.


  • 1 Sugar cube
  • Water
  • 3 dashes of Bitters
  • 2 ounces of Bourbon Whiskey
  • Orange Twist
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • One oversized ice cube

Step 1:

Using a chilled whiskey tumbler and a cocktail muddler, muddle the sugar cube, bitters and two tablespoons of water (or club soda if you like) at the bottom of the glass.

Step 2:

Add the large ice cube to the glass.  Pour the whiskey over the ice cube and stir with a mixing spoon for 15-30 seconds.

Step 3:

Take the orange and cut and add an orange twist. Add the cherry and raise your glass to friends near and far.