Classic Old Fashioned

A simple bourbon cocktail built for weeknights or weekends

Classic old fashioned bourbon cocktails have been around for literally over 100 years. It was given its name in the 1880s and is dubbed one of six classic cocktails.

What bourbon should you use?

As stated in my Egg White Bourbon Sour recipe -Bourbon differs from whiskey in that it must be made in America, must be made from a fermented mash of at least 51% corn, must be distilled at no more than 160 proof (stored at no more than 125), and must be free of any additives.

Do not use regular whiskey for this, please.

My go-to bourbons are usually Knob Creek or Contradiction. For this, I used Old Soul which is distilled by Cathead Distilleries in Mississippi. All of these are high quality bourbon at a mid range price point ($40-$50).

What the hell are angostura bitters?

Concentrated bitters with herbs and spices dissolved in alcohol. They’re what give this classic old fashioned its easily identifiable taste.

Let’s do it.

Here’s what you need to make a classic old fashioned:

  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (or one cube, or a bar spoon)
  • 2-3 dashes angostura bitters (you can get these at most grocery stores)
  • a splash of warm water
  • a giant ice cube (it really makes the drink)
  • an orange twist and cherries to garnish with

Add sugar, bitters, and water to a bourbon glass and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the ice cube, and pour the bourbon over. Give it a few stirs with a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange peel and a few cherries!

classic old fashioned

Seriously, they charge $12 for these at most places?!

classic old fashioned

Classic Old Fashioned

An old favorite, served on the rocks with a cherry and orange garnish.
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • A few drops of warm water


  • Add sugar into a bourbon glass and add bitters.
  • Slowly stir the sugar and bitters mixture until the sugar is dissolved. If it doesn't dissolve, add a few drops of warm water so that it dissolves.
  • Add a large ice cub or the ice you're using, and pour bourbon over top.
  • Stir to combine, and garnish with a cherry and twisted orange peel.
Keyword bourbon, classic, cocktail, drinks

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