Cocktail Recipe Series :: Old Fashioned


The Old Fashioned... you've most likely heard of it. Most likely tried it. And most likely loved (or hated) it. For us, it's one of our favorite staples and the best way to kick back at the end of the work week! In continuing with our cocktail recipe series in collaboration with Eder Photo, let's chat Old-Fashioned.

The Old Fashioned is a timeless cocktail that, thanks to the hipster revolution, has become increasingly popular over the last few years (thank goodness!). Although I'm not quite sure when it made it's comeback, it's surprisingly been around since the 1800s. The origin of this cocktail started James E. Pepper, a bartender (before bartenders required everyone to call them Mixologists), created the cocktail in Louisville at a private social club and later introduced it to New York City in 1880. Although there have been a a daring few to update the cocktail, it has been relatively untouched since it's introduction.

We love this cocktail because I'm not a frilly drink kinda gal and I love whiskey. This cocktail is raw and direct and get's the job done. Also, it has few ingredients and the prep is ridiculously easy. I'm all for updating to your tastes, but I included a few tips at the bottom for authenticity to the cocktail (I mean, Mr. James E. Pepper would you to know this stuff!). At the end of the day (or week), have fun and enjoy!

Traditional Old Fashioned


PREP TIME: 5 Minutes                COOK TIME: N/A               TOTAL TIME: 5 Minutes


  • 1 Sugar Cube

  • 2 Oz. Rye or Bourbon Whiskey

  • 2-3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

  • Optional: 2x2 Cubed Ice Chunk

  • Garnishes: Orange Peel


  1. Place sugar cube at the bottom of a Old Fashioned or Rocks Glass.

  2. Saturate sugar cube with 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters. Honestly, the amount doesn't matter since a dash is not necessarily a defined unit of measurement. A few shakes will do.

  3. Muddle sugar and bitters together inside the glass.

  4. Add in ice cube (optional).

  5. Add in whiskey.

  6. Stir well (do not shake) and garnish with an orange peel.


  • No sugar cube? A dash of simple syrup or agave syrup will suffice. Honey or maple syrup are too strong and sweet.

  • Don't exclude the bitters! Bitters are what make this drink an Old Fashioned. If you prefer another type of bitters (there are a bunch of different kinds, such as orange bitters), go for it!

  • Ice is optional. Some prefer to exclude ice to not dilute the cocktail. If you prefer ice, the larger the cubed ice, the less it will melt. Avoid any crushed ice as that will dilute the cocktail quickly.

  • Rye Whiskey was the original choice liquor choice, however, bourbon became a substitute over the years. It gets down to personal preference, so whichever you prefer!

  • For a modern twist, muddle in the orange peel with the sugar and bitters to add more flavor. This will help dilute the harsh whiskey taste.

  • Although there are many ways to alter an Old Fashioned, the traditional version is what keeps it original. It doesn't include any type of fruit, soda, beer, juice, etc.

All photography by Eder Photo

If you haven't already, check out our Hot Mulled Wine Recipe here and tell us what you think about this recipe by commenting below!

Cheers, Nicole