Old Fashioned

In 1948, a New York tax-attorney-turned-cocktail-whiz published The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, which to this day remains an indispensable bartending guide. Its author, David A. Embury, held that six cocktails reign above all others, and perched atop his list is the Old Fashioned, a marvel of simplicity and elegance that has endured almost as long as these United States. For the better part of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Old Fashioned was perhaps the most fashionable drink being imbibed. By the 1990s, however, it had all but disappeared, as the masses fell under the siren spell of frothy, fruity atrocities like the Cosmopolitan. Fortunately, by the early aughts, the Old Fashioned had been restored to its rightful place at the top of the list.



  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Orange Peel (for garnish)


Step one

In an Old-Fashioned glass, muddle the sugar and bitters.

Step two

Add a large ice cube.

Step three

Add whiskey on top of the muddled sugar and stir with your bar spoon.  

Step four

Garnish with a orange twist (if desired).

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Mix It Up!

The Old Fashioned is an exercise in simplicity. If you mess with it much, it quickly ceases to be an Old Fashioned. That said, feel free to swap the whiskey around for a variety of bourbons and ryes that satisfy your palate (in our experience the higher the proof, the more delicious).

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