Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail

By Matt Lyon, Mixologist

This recipe proves that pour decisions lead to perfect Old Fashioneds…

5 min cook time

Serves 1

Why we like it

Like its cousin, the Manhattan, an Old Fashioned cocktail will never go out of style.

With just a few stirs, the unique character of your chosen bourbon can be awakened.
Hints of caramel, vanilla, or other subtle notes may emerge, providing a warm, aromatic embrace best enjoyed when sipped slowly.

Feel free to discover how different brands and types of whisk(e)y impart their unique flavours, but as rule of thumb, rye creates a spicier, drier Old Fashioned, while bourbon provides a smoother, sweeter sip.


1 serving

Preparation Notes

An standard orange twist adds depth and complexity to an Old Fashioned… but a burnt orange twist adds some smokiness and a burst of citrus oil when ‘expressed’ over the drink.

To prepare this aromatic garnish, use a citrus peeler or knife to cut small rounds of an orange peel.

Heat up the peel's essential oils by carefully holding it above a flame for a few seconds, then squeeze over the flame to release a burst of citrus oil onto the glass.

Making the recipe

  1. Step 1

    Stir quietly.

    • Fill a mixing glass with ice, add bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters.
    • With a bar spoon, stir for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled rocks glass.
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  2. Step 2

    Savour loudly.

    • Garnish with burnt orange peel [SEE PREPARATION NOTES ABOVE], and enjoy responsibly.