The Old Fashioned cocktail is a classic favourite, made with the perfect combination of muddled sugar and bitters, and either Bourbon or rye whiskey. It’s a simple yet sophisticated drink that has been enjoyed for centuries, and is a great choice for both casual and special occasions.

The drink is usually finished off with a twist of citrus rind, fresh and fragrant, and a delicious cocktail cherry, adding a vibrant and fruity sweetness to the drink. This garnish of citrus rind and cherry brings a unique and delightful flavour to the beverage, making it a complete and enjoyable experience.

The Old Fashioned has been around since the late 1800s, making it one of the oldest mixed drinks around. With its classic flavour, the Old Fashioned is a favourite among many, and its namesake glass ensures that it is served in style. The Old Fashioned glass is quite distinctive, with its heavy base and short stem, and it is often the glass of choice for serving this classic cocktail.

What you need to make the Old Fashioned

For the drink
  • 45 ml Bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Few dashes plain water
  • Ice cubes
For the garnish
  • Orange twist
  • Cocktail cherry

How to make

  1. Place sugar cube in a glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water.
  2. Muddle until dissolved.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey.
  4. Garnish with orange twist and a cocktail cherry.

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