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Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

The Old Fashioned is a hugely popular cocktail made with bourbon whiskey. It is widely regarded as one of the world’s most popular cocktails,








50ml Bourbon
10ml Demerara Sugar Syrup or Brown Sugar Cube
2 Dashes Of Angostura Bitters
Orange Zest

How to Make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

Add orange zest to the glass and muddle gently to start releasing the oil. Add sugar cube if using and carefully add two dashes to the cube to help break it down (be careful not to put too much of the bitters in the glass as it will change the flavour of the cocktail too much) otherwise add the sugar syrup. Add half the whiskey to the glass and three cubes of ice and stir for thirty seconds. Repeat with the remainder of whiskey and more ice and stir again. Squeeze an orange zest over the drink and serve.


Orange Zest

The History of the Old Fashioned Cocktail

James E. Pepper, a Louisville based bourbon distiller was credited with popularising the original cocktail recipe at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. It was said to have been originally created in Louisville, by a bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. As with many of the classic cocktails, there are a large number of claims to the original but James Pepper is widely regarded as the architect of the original Old Fashioned’s mainstream appeal.

Over the years, bartenders have played with the ingredients and created spins on this classic with a variation of the base spirit and the addition of more ingredients. There are several twists, both modern and classic of the Old Fashioned cocktail recipe including the Picard, Whiskey Smash and even the Mint Julep.

If you want to make an Old Fashioned cocktail at home why not try our Ultimate Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit. If that’s still too much effort then try the ready-to-drink Smoked Old Fashioned Bottled Cocktail.




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