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How To Make an Old Fashioned | Cocktail Recipe & History

How To Make an Old Fashioned & Who To Serve It to?

Everything you need to know about the old Fashioned!

Hey there, aspiring mixologists! I've been on this cocktail adventure for over two decades, and today I want to share the timeless allure of crafting an Old Fashioned right in the comfort of your home. This isn't about flashy concoctions – it's about mastering a classic, and trust me, it's worth the journey.

Who's this Old Fashioned for? Well, it's for you! Whether you're exploring whiskey nuances, enjoying pure flavors, or simply want a classic at your fingertips, this is your drink.

Old Fashioned Recipe

2oz/60ml Whiskey (Rye or Bourbon)

1 Sugar Cube or a barspoon Simple Syrup

2-4 dases Angostura Bitters

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty. Whiskey is the star, and you get to choose – rye for a spicy kick or bourbon for a smoother ride. No need to stress, try both and find your preference. Sweetness comes from a gently muddled sugar cube with a touch of water, and the real magic lies in the bitters – go classic with Angostura or experiment with Peychaud's or orange bitters for a citrusy twist.


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Now, the artistry begins. Gently muddle, stir with care (no need for anger here), and garnish with a citrus twist or a cherry – or why not both? And, of course, serve it up in a proper Old Fashioned glass, short and stout, ready to be cradled in your warm hands.

Old Fashioned Cocktail History 

So, let's dive into the backstory. Some say the Old Fashioned dates back to the 1800s, a bartender's signature move to showcase skill and cater to unique tastes. It's not just a recipe; it's a philosophy – about balance, simplicity, and using top-notch ingredients.

Old Fashioned Variations 

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Don't forget the variations! Feeling adventurous? Try Mezcal or peated Scotch for a smoky twist. Want a fruity kick? Muddle some berries or play with flavored bitters. The possibilities are endless, but always remember the basics – quality ingredients, balance, and a nod to tradition.

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So, next time you're at home, don't shy away from the Old Fashioned. It's not just a drink; it's an experience waiting to unfold. Take the plunge, experiment, and who knows, you might discover your own classic favorite. And remember, whether you're at a bar or in your kitchen, patience and a gentle touch are your secret ingredients. Cheers to your at-home mixology journey!