The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail for a reason! It's so easy to make and so easy to sip!
With whiskey, a sweetener and bitters, it's an easy 3 ingredient cocktail that you can whip up in no time!
There are some cocktails that you need to look up in your cocktail book and then there are some cocktails that you just know how to make by memory.
An Old Fashioned falls easily in the know how to make category. I love them because they basically only have 3 ingredients: whiskey, some sort of sweetener and bitters. Not counting the orange peel garnish.
Only 3 ingredients makes them very fun to play with! You can change up the sweetener and make one of my most popular cocktails - A Maple Old Fashioned.
You can play with the whiskey and the sweetener, like I did with my Double Cherry Old Fashioned.
But before you can play, you need have this Classic Old Fashioned recipe right at your fingertips, ready to pull out and impress your cocktail loving friends!
Whiskey - you can use your favorite whiskey. We like a Kentucky bourbon and on this night used Knob Creek.
Bitters - aromatic bitters. We used Angostura.
Sweetener - we usually use simple syrup, but on this night we didn't have any made. So, we used demerara sugar and water. You can use regular sugar or even the more traditional sugar cube.
Add your sugar to a cocktail glass and add 2 to 3 dashes of bitters.
Add a teaspoon of water to the glass.
Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Note: If you are going the more traditional route of using a sugar cube, just drop the bitters on the sugar cube and muddle it. If you are using simple syrup, use it in place of the sugar and the water.
Add a large ice cube to the glass.
Pour over the whiskey and stir 20 - 30 seconds.
Twist the orange peel over the cocktail to release it's oils. Rub the peel around the rim of the glass and drop it into the drink.
Congratulations, you just made a Classic Old Fashioned!
Have fun experimenting and playing with your classic cocktail. Change up the whiskey, change up the sweetener, and change up the bitters. The possibilities are endless!
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Classic Old Fashioned
- Add the sugar, water and bitters to a cocktail glass.
- Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Add a large ice cube and pour in the whiskey.
- Stir for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Twist the orange peel over the drink to express the oils and run it around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the cocktail.