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Old Fashioned Cocktail – A Beautiful Mess


Today I’m sharing my favorite classic cocktail – the Bourbon Old Fashioned. The Old Fashioned has been a favorite of mine for years, and learning how to make the perfect Old Fashioned at home has been a fun process. You’ll want to learn this recipe as the Old Fashioned is arguably the most popular bourbon cocktail. It’s sweet, strong and completely simple – a true classic!

In this blog I will teach you the traditional recipe as well as some time-saving tricks and tips to prepare the perfect old-fashioned recipe at home.

Related Recipes: Old Fashioned Mix, Simple Drink Recipe, Manhattan Cocktail, Sidecar Cocktail, Hot Toddy.

Old fashioned ingredients

  • Bourbon Choose a high-quality bourbon or rye whiskey (something you might sip on!).
  • Angostura Bitters Bitter classic cocktail (Find it on Amazon).
  • sugar You will need granulated sugar to prepare the classic recipe. You can also save some time by using simple syrup instead of sugar and water if you choose.
  • water You will need a splash of water.
  • Orange Twist appetizers
  • Cherry Although they’re not part of the traditional recipe, many people like a couple of cherries with their old-fashioned cocktail. this is my choice.

Old fashioned history

The Old Fashioned is one of the first officially registered cocktails with over 200 years of history and counting. It was invented before bartenders started adding fancy garnishes to their cocktails and gets its name from those who prefer to keep the cocktail simple, well, simple. old fashion.

Classics never go out of style, and new generations of wannabes (like me!) have recently learned about this cocktail from TV shows like mad men Ensuring that her legacy lives on.

How to mix an old fashioned

Start pouring the sugar in Cocktail mixing glass. Add three dashes of bitter directly to the sugar. Add your water. Mix the ingredients by hand with a spoon until the sugar dissolves.

Add some ice to a mixing glass and pour the bourbon over ice. Continue stirring until the drink is well mixed and cooled.

Strain in Rock glass Over a large ice cube.

Apply orange peel oil to the top of the cup. You can do this by squeezing and folding the orange peel – you will smell a strong citrus scent as the oils are released. Then garnish your drink with orange peel.

Best Bourbon for an Old Fashioned

This drink is very spirited, so the quality of bourbon you choose will have a big impact on the flavor of your drink. You can spend hours reading reviews about the best bourbon for an old fashioned. As a general rule, you should make your own Old Fashioned Cocktail using whiskey you enjoy drinking straight.

I love collecting local bourbon and whiskey of all kinds. You can really enjoy creating your own collection. However, for the purposes of this post, I’m focusing on readily available brands.

Maker mark I chose this because it is high quality and available in almost every store that sells alcohol. Tasting Notes Slightly sweet – perfect for this recipe.

Four roses one barrel Another popular option that is easy to find in stores. This is a high-quality option with a smooth flavour.

Old Grandpa Kentucky Straight Bourbon Old Grandad whiskey is distilled with a high percentage of rye. Its flavor is slightly spicy with notes of cinnamon and cloves.

Bullet Bourbon Again I chose this brand because it is widely available. The flavor notes are fruity and slightly mild.

George Dickel Rye Whiskey I wanted to include rye whiskey since Old Fashioned rye is one of the most popular forms.

Time saving tips

The Old Fashioned has a lot of steps for such a simple drink. I recommend learning how to make a classic recipe because it’s fun to learn how to do things right and also because it’s a good foundation for future modifications. However, there are plenty of ways to speed up the process.

  • The quickest possible way to make a great tasting Old Fashioned at home is to make an Old Fashioned trail mix recipe. Once you have this mix, you can create no-prep cocktails anytime you want.
  • You can save some time by using Simple Syrup instead of the sugar and water in the original recipe. This is easier to mix. I also recommend this if you want a sweeter cocktail as many restaurants offer. Simple syrup is the easiest way to add a little extra sweetness to your drink.
  • If you’re preparing for a dinner party, you can prepare the entire drink in advance and simply pour it into glasses containing large ice cubes when it’s time to serve. I recommend this if serving a group since the original recipe takes a little longer.

Variations on the old cocktail

There are many delicious courses on the old classic. Here are some common variations and what makes recipes different – often only one ingredient is swapped out.

  • Rye Old Fashioned Use rye for a little less sweetness
  • Old fashioned brandy (Also called a Wisconsin Old Fashioned) This recipe calls for brandy instead of bourbon and is also topped with lemon-lime soda, so it’s a much sweeter drink than the classic.
  • Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned If you use our pumpkin spice syrup instead of simple syrup, you can make this festive variation.
  • Old Irish style Use Jameson Irish Whiskey instead of bourbon
  • Old fashioned peanut butter Use Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey instead of bourbon for this fun variation.

Should I put cherry in my Old Fashioned?

The classic recipe doesn’t include cherries, but as someone who has ordered this drink in dozens of restaurants, I’d say it’s served with cherries at least 75% of the time. Bottom line: If it’s good enough for Don Draper, it’s good enough for me.

I personally love cherries and welcome them in my drink! If you want to add two cherries to your drink, we suggest you do so Luxardo maraschino cherry. This candied dark cherry is rich and decadent. Once you open the jar, however, be sure to store it in your refrigerator and you can use it in many classic cocktail recipes like the Manhattan.

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Frequently asked questions

What is old classic style made of?

Bourbon, sugar, water, bitters and orange twist.

What’s the difference between Old Fashioned and Manhattan?

The biggest difference is the type of sweetener used. The Old Fashioned is sweetened with sugar and the Manhattan is sweetened with sweet vermouth.

What kind of beer goes in an Old Fashioned?

Angostura Bitters. This reddish-brown bitterness is strongly scented with fruits and spices. This is an old-fashioned staple.

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  • Start pouring the sugar in Cocktail mixing glass. Add three dashes of bitter directly to the sugar. Add your water. Mix the ingredients by hand with a spoon until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add some ice to a mixing glass and pour the bourbon over ice. Continue stirring until the drink is well mixed and cooled.

  • Strain in Rock glass Over a large ice cube.
  • Apply orange peel oil to the top of the cup. You can do this by squeezing and folding the orange peel – you will smell a strong citrus scent as the oils are released. Then garnish your drink with orange peel.

Notes

  • The quickest possible way to make a great tasting Old Fashioned at home is to make an Old Fashioned trail mix recipe. Once you have this mix, you can create no-prep cocktails anytime you want.
  • You can save some time by using Simple Syrup instead of the sugar and water in the original recipe. I also recommend this if you want a sweeter cocktail as many restaurants offer. Simple Syrup is the easiest way to add a little extra sweetness to your drink if you want.
  • If you’re preparing for a dinner party, you can prepare the entire drink in advance and simply pour it into glasses containing large ice cubes when it’s time to serve. I recommend this if serving a group since the original recipe takes a little longer.

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*Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is automatically calculated using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where appropriate, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.



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