A Surefire Old Fashioned Recipe For Your Next Dinner Party

BY KRISTEN GARRIDO

Join us on a journey to explore the origins and preparation of the timeless old fashioned cocktail, a beloved classic that has stood the test of time.

Origin Story

The old fashioned cocktail traces its roots back to the early 19th century in the United States and was originally known simply as a "whiskey cocktail." 

Origin Story

As cocktail culture evolved, the old fashioned became a symbol of tradition and refinement, cherished for its simplicity and timeless appeal.

The Essential Ingredients

To make the perfect old fashioned, you'll need bourbon or rye whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters, and a twist of citrus peel (usually orange).

How Do You Make It?

Whether you prefer the classic recipe or a contemporary twist, the old fashioned cocktail is a pretty simple drink that can be made in no time. 

Building the Base

Start by placing a sugar cube (or a teaspoon of sugar) in a whisky glass. Add a few dashes of Angostura bitters to the sugar cube.

Infusing the Flavor

Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently muddle the sugar cube with the Angostura bitters until it dissolves into a paste-like consistency.

Chilling the Spirits

Pour 2 ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey and ice in a cocktail shaker then shake for about 30 seconds. Choose a high-quality whiskey for the best flavor.

Pour It In

Once you've ensured that the flavors are well combined and the cocktail is properly chilled, pour the contents into your old fashioned glass.

Garnish

Twist a piece of orange peel over the cocktail to release its oils, then drop it into the glass as a garnish. The citrus oils will add a fragrant aroma to the drink.

Cheers!

Your old fashioned cocktail is now ready to be enjoyed. Sip it slowly and savor the rich flavors and timeless elegance of this classic drink.

Here's to preserving tradition and enjoying timeless flavors for generations to come. Cheers!