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Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

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A classic Old Fashioned, mixed and ready to drink.

Drink Ingredients:

  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1/4 simple syrup
  • 1 house whiskey (rye or Bourbon)
  • soda water (optional)
  • lemon twist (garnish)
  • maraschino cherry (optional garnish)

Mixing Method: Build

  1. Build in a chilled rock glass.
  2. Scoop the glass 3/4 full with ice.
  3. Add the bitters, syrup, whiskey and stir well.
  4. Top with soda water if desired.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  6. Serve with a straws or swizzle stick.

Mixology Notes:

Ask your guest if they prefer rye or Bourbon, although any base spirit may be ordered for this drink. Then ask if they want the “original” Old Fashioned with a lemon twist, or have it topped with soda water and a cherry. The authentic version leaves them out, but let your guest make the call.

It’s also interesting to note, that the Old Fashioned is more like a Master Drink Theme, or method, than it is a recipe. If you’re curious about this drink, head over to our Old Fashioned Cocktail Story. It’s a quick and fun read.

Cocktail Variations:

Bourbon Old Fashioned – Same recipe made with Bourbon

Gin Old Fashioned – Same recipe made with gin.

Mikey’s Old Fashioned – Use 2 oz premium Canadian rye. Use maple syrup instead of simple syrup. Use 2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters and 3 drops of regular Angostura Bitters. Add soda for a long drink, or keep it short and strong, depending on your mood.


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