The Old Fashioned Cocktail

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

  • Author: Maury
  • Prep Time: 2 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaking
  • Cuisine: American


This Old Fashioned Recipe is the traditional drink without fuss. It’s simple, elegant, and wonderfully balanced, perfect for the start of a meal, or to relax.


1 tbsp Sugar or Simple Syrup

2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

2 oz of Whiskey or Bourbon

Ice (Optional)

Citrus Peel Twist 

Cherry (optional)


Add simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and Bourbon together. Add the ice and stir.

If using sugar instead of simple syrup, add the sugar and water together. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and add the bitters and Bourbon. Finalize with the ice and stir.

Using a channel knife for a twist, or a vegetable peeler, cut the peel of an orange , twist it, and run it along the rim of the glass. Adding it to the drink as a garnish.

Garnish with a cherry (optional: not orthodox traditional, but at this point, do what makes you happy)


Add more sugar or simple syrup to taste. It should taste sweet to your comfort level.

A good sphere of clear ice adds a dimension of elegance to this cocktail.

Don’t muddle a citrus slice into the drink.

Keywords: Bourbon Old Fashioned Recipe,Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe, Classic Old Fashioned Recipe