The Old Fashioned

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We’ve been talking about making this classic cocktail for a long time. It’s one of those drinks that just seems like it should part of every home bartender’s arsenal…probably because it’s one of America’s oldest cocktails (as it’s name suggests.) Like most classic cocktails it has very few ingredients (whiskey, bitters, and a bit of sugar!) but, when made correctly, the finished product is elegant and the flavors are complex. This drink (to me) is more approachable than other well known cocktails such as the Sazerac or Martini because it has just enough sugar to alleviate the bite of the whiskey. This also makes it dangerous because you almost can’t tell that you’re essentially drinking straight whiskey! Take part in the revival of the classic cocktails and try this old-fashioned!

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The Old Fashioned:


3 ounces (2 shots) of whiskey
1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of sugar
3-4 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 cocktail cherry
2 orange slices


1. Add the sugar, orange slice, and into a glass and muddle together. Remove the orange peel.
2. Pour in the whiskey, add ice, and garnish with a fresh orange slice and cocktail cherry.

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