Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

Whether you are a seasoned bartender or new to making drinks, you've probably heard of the Old Fashioned cocktail. Here's our recipe.

Whether you are a seasoned bartender or new to making drinks, odds are you’ve probably heard of the old-fashioned. It’s one of the most iconic and beloved cocktails around. And with only two ingredients, it makes it one of the easiest cocktails too. It’s also one of the cocktails you should know how to make.

What is an Old Fashioned Cocktail?

The old-fashioned is a sweet, whiskey-based cocktail made with sugar and bitters, and garnishing with an orange slice or zest and, occasionally, a cocktail cherry. It’s part of the classics cocktails family of cocktails.

Old fashioned cocktail in a lowball glass with lemon garnish
Old fashioned cocktail in a lowball glass with lemon garnish.
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What glass is an Old Fashioned Cocktail served in?

The Old Fashioned Cocktail is always served in a lowball rocks glass, sometimes called an old fashioned glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

Variations of the Old Fashioned Cocktail

Want to try some variations on this cocktail? Here are some common remixes on this classic. 

  • Oaxaca Old Fashioned
  • Smoking Rosemary Old Fashioned
  • Cotton Candy Old Fashioned Recipe

How to make a Old Fashioned Cocktail

Below are the ingredients and directions for an Old Fashioned. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

Old Fashioned

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Recipe by Chris Harris Difficulty: Easy ????

The old-fashioned is a sweet, whiskey-based cocktail made with sugar and bitters, and garnishing with an orange slice or zest and, occasionally, a cocktail cherry.

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1 Teaspoon Water

  • 3 Dashes Angostura bitters

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar

Directions

  • Add the sugar and bitters to a rock’s glass, If using a sugar cube, make sure to muddle the cube.
    Add the water, and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  • Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine.
  • Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in.

Recipe Video

Conclusion

So what do you think of the Old Fashioned cocktail? Do you find it a bit too… old-fashioned? Do you love it? Hate it? What would you rate it? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

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