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When it comes to making an old fashioned simplicity is king. If you over think it you are doing it wrong. All it takes is good whiskey and fresh ingredients.

I remember the first time I tried an old fashioned. I was 16 in the backyard of my friends house. Her dad was mixing himself up one, and I half jokingly asked if I could have one. To my surprise he finished stirring the drink and handed it over. I then spent the next 30 minutes gagging down the drink pretending I was loving every sip. (Because tough guys like old fashioned’s right?)

Now that I’m older and enjoy the taste of whiskey much more the classic old fashioned is one of my favorite drinks. The combination of good bourbon, bitters and a little bit of sugar always goes down smooth. So to avoid having a bad experience like I did here is a recipe for how to make a classic old fashioned that actually tastes good.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of good high quality bourbon. (If you are new to bourbon check out my whiskey for beginners post)
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup.
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters.
  • Cup of ice.
  • 1 orange for the garnish.

That’s it. It is a very simple drink, but the combinations of flavors is amazing.

Directions

  1. Put the bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters into a mixing glass.
  2. Add the ice and stir with a bar spoon for a good 20 seconds.
  3. Strain the cocktail into a glass over cubed ice. (Or if you have a large ice mold that works even better)
  4. Pare an orange peel over the old fashioned.
  5. Rub the peel around the rim of the glass and drop the peel into the glass.
  6. Drink and feel badass.

What Is The Best Whiskey For An Old Fashioned

This is what separates an okay old fashioned from great one. Just like with anything in this world do what you like. So if you like some cheap whiskey that your neighbor without teeth makes then use that.

If you are looking for my personal recommendation for what whiskey to use for an old fashioned here you go…

The Classic Old Fashioned

Smooth. Distinguished. Amazing.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktails, Drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 170kcal
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Knife or Peeler
  • Rocks Glass

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ΒΌ oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 Orange

Instructions

  • Put the bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters into a mixing glass.
  • Add the ice and stir with a bar spoon for a good 20 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a glass over cubed ice. (Or if you have a large ice mold that works even better)
  • Pare an orange peel over the old fashioned.
  • Rub the peel around the rim of the glass and drop the peel into the glass.
  • Drink and feel badass.

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