The old fashioned cocktail reminds me of a slightly sweeter twist on the Manhattan. Probably the two manliest staples of all time on par with splitting wood or axe throwing (which I’ve done both). The Old Fashioned is probably my second favorite whiskey cocktail and number two go-to drink.
The old fashioned is a classic cocktail typically made with whiskey, bitters, orange peel, and a muddled sugar cube. I’ve seen a few adaptations—some sweeter than others. Some use a muddled orange wedge and cherries for a fruity finish, but I prefer the classic approach.
Traditionally (for the purists) the cocktail is stirred in a glass and then poured over ice. Some recipes call for a little water or club soda but that’s totally optional. The sugar, orange and ice will take the burn off the whiskey and bring out the subtle flavors.
I always use simple syrup in place of a sugar cube since I always have it on hand and it also obviously mixes better. Squeeze and twist the orange peel over the cocktail to release the oil and flavors from the peel. It’s subtle but makes a massive difference in the final result. Always serve in an old-fashioned glass over ice and garnish with the orange peel and (optional) cherry.
- 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
- ¼ ounce simple syrup or 1 sugar cube
- 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 orange peel
- 1 Maraschino cherry (optional)
- In a pint glass, combine simple syrup, bitters, and bourbon. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir vigorously about a dozen times.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.
- Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass and garnish with cherry if desired.