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How to Make an Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

As the name ‘old fashioned’ suggests, this whiskey cocktail is a classic cocktail. And for good reason. Made with just a few ingredients, an old fashioned is a balanced cocktail from the 1800s that’s as easy to throw together as it is to customize. We’ll show you how to make an old fashioned cocktail recipe, plus how to customize it.

What’s an Old Fashioned?

In its most basic form, an old fashioned is a combination of sugar, bitters, whiskey and a bit of water in a specialty glass with ice. Depending on your tastes or where you’re located, an old fashioned can also contain orange, lemon, simple syrup, cherries, club soda, Squirt or Sprite.

The liquor in an old fashioned can also vary from a traditional American whiskey to rye, bourbon or brandy. Some even swear by rum or mezcal! Sticking with whiskey? Read up on the best whiskey drinks.

Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Here, we’ll show you how to make a traditional old fashioned. Before you get started, make sure you have a high proof, high-quality whiskey on hand. If you don’t already have a go-to brand, check out the best whiskey picks according to a BarSmart certified sommelier.


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