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How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned

Sipping on an Old Fashioned is more than just enjoying a cocktail—it's a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With each sip, one can't help but feel a connection to the past, to a simpler era where conversations flowed as freely as the whiskey in one's glass.

To truly appreciate the Old Fashioned, one must delve into its rich history. It traces its origins back to the early 19th century, where it emerged as one of the first cocktails ever concocted. Legend has it that it was born in the early 1800s at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally known simply as the "whiskey cocktail," it featured bourbon, sugar, water, and bitters—a stark departure from the elaborate concoctions that would later dominate cocktail culture.

As the years passed, the Old Fashioned remained a steadfast favorite among drinkers, even as the cocktail landscape underwent significant transformations. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timeless appeal and its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia for simpler times.


  • 2 oz bourbon or your favorite whiskey

  • 1/4 oz simple syrup

  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • Orange peel or cherry for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes or an ice sphere.

  2. Add ingredients to a cocktail mixing glass.

  3. Stir gently to combine.

  4. Express the orange peel over the drink.

  5. Garnish with an orange peel or cherry, if desired.

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This is so helpful and easy to follow! Thank you.

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