How To Make An Old Fashioned

Knowing how to make an Old Fashioned is an essential for any party, gathering or quiet night in. It’s a classic cocktail that features on almost every cocktail menu, owing to its delicious taste and simple ingredient list. 

Take a look at how to create the perfect Old Fashioned from the comfort of your own home...

The History Of The Old Fashioned

It’s thought that the Old Fashioned has been around since 1881, when it first featured on a drinks menu in a gentlemen's club in Kentucky. Whilst this was the first time that the Old Fashioned was featured using whiskey, it had been around since 1862 in a different form.

In 1862 Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide featured a cocktail that shared the name Old Fashioned and used water and angostura bitters in a Gin-based cocktail. It was thought that the whiskey based Old Fashioned evolved from this base and was brought over to New York by James E. Pepper in the 1880s, although this is disputed.

Since its conception, the Old Fashioned has evolved into an established cocktail that strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and strength.

Ingredients Needed To Make An Old Fashioned

First things first, you’ll need some ice cubes and some good old fashioned glasses. Any short glass will do, however a traditional Old Fashioned Rocks Glass will suit the cocktail best. Unlike most cocktails, this one is made in the glass, so there’s no need for a Cocktail Shaker.

Then, to make an old fashioned you will need: Serves: 1

  • Rye or Bourbon Whiskey
  • Sugar Cubes
  • Angostura Bitters
  • An Orange

How To Make An Old Fashioned

  1. Place 1-2 sugar cubes in a glass depending on how sweet your tooth is
  2. Add 2 dashes of angostura bitters to the sugar cube and watch it start to dissolve
  3. Cover with a teaspoon of water, as the mixture dissolves further
  4. Start to muddle the mixture with a wooden muddler until it is spread across the base of the glass
  5. Add 50ml of Whiskey to this mixture and stir gently
  6. Add 2-3 ice cubes, or one big ball of ice
  7. Stir in the glass to cool and leave for 2-3 minutes
  8. Cut a slice of orange peel and place in the glass or on the outside to garnish
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If you’d like to learn more about cocktail making, then why not discover how to make infusions for cocktails, create a Mojito in a sphere, or try something completely different with our bacon cocktail recipe. You can also explore our range of cocktail making ingredients for a little more inspiration...


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