Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

Bourbon Old-Fashioned

The timeless Bourbon Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has captivated drinkers for over 200 years. Despite its simple recipe of whiskey, sugar, water, and bitters, the drink remains popular and relevant today.
For history enthusiasts, the Old Fashioned can be linked to the first recorded definition of a cocktail in the early 1800s. It embodies the key elements of that definition, making it a fascinating connection to the past. However, if you're eager to enjoy the drink without the historical context, feel free to skip the lesson and indulge in its flavors.
When making a Bourbon Old Fashioned, it's crucial to use high-quality bourbon. Mediocre whiskey won't do justice to this cocktail, which highlights the spirit's character. Now, there are two schools of thought when it comes to sweetening the drink: simple syrup or muddled sugar.
While using a barspoon of simple syrup may save time, it alters the drink's texture and depth. For a more authentic 19th-century experience, opt for granulated sugar or a sugar cube. If you prefer a modern twist, simple syrup is an option, but be mindful of the additional water it introduces to the drink. Adjust your ice and stirring accordingly.
Once you've mastered the Bourbon Old Fashioned, feel free to experiment with variations using rye whiskey or other spirits like rum or brandy. The drink is a versatile template open to interpretation. However, the bourbon-spiked version has stood the test of time, so why deviate from perfection? Stick to the beloved classic.

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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients – What’s in it?

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 Dashes Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 oz bourbon - or rye whiskey, if preferred


  • 1 Orange Twist

Adjust Servings 1 serving

Instructions – How to make it:

  • In a mixing glass, combine the sugar and bitters. Add water and stir until the sugar is almost dissolved.
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice and pour in the bourbon. Stir the mixture until it becomes well-chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  • Take an orange twist and gently squeeze it over the glass to release the oils. Drop the twist into the glass as a garnish.

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Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 0.2mg | Iron: 0.02mg

Course Cocktail
Cuisine Drinks
Keyword Cocktail