How to Make an Old-Fashioned

The Old Fashioned perfectly typifies the essence of the cocktail. It's made up of four simple ingredients which have been around since the invention of the cocktail: spirits, bitters, water and sugar. This recipe uses bourbon, whose natural notes of brown sugar, molasses, oak and honey make this drink all the better; perfect for any occasion.

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Things You'll Need

  • 8–12 fl oz glass

  • Angostura bitters

  • 1 orange

  • Y-peeler or pairing knife

  • Muddler

  • 1/2–1 teaspoon simple syrup, to taste

  • 1 large ice cube, or sphere

  • 2 fl oz bourbon

  • Small spoon

Step 1

Add 3–5 dashes of angostura bitters to the glass.

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Step 2

Using either a Y-peeler or a paring knife, peel off a thin layer of the orange's skin that's about 1 inch wide by 3 inches long. Place the peel in the glass with the skin side facing down.

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Be sure to avoid as much of the pith as possible when peeling the orange. The pith can make the drink taste bitter, so peel carefully.

Step 3

With a muddler, muddle the orange peel with the bitters a few times.

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Step 4

Next, add in 1/2 teaspoon of the simple syrup. If a sweeter drink is preferred, add another 1/2 teaspoon of the simple syrup.

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Step 5

Place the ice cube in the glass.

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The larger the cube (or sphere) of ice the better, as you want to avoid dilution.

Step 6

Finally, pour the 2 ounces of bourbon over the ice. Give your glass a few stirs with a spoon to properly mix, and enjoy!

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