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The Classic Bourbon Old Fashioned Recipe

Easy to make, classic Old Fashioned recipe! A classic cocktail recipe that’s perfect at any time of year.

Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Making a classic old fashioned recipe can be quite a ritualistic moment and even highly debated as to how it should be made. This cocktail recipe happens to be my favorite way to build a bourbon old fashioned.

Easy Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Personally, I’m not adamant as to how it should be created, but I do lean towards this recipe version intensely. If you feel it should have cherries, have cherries, and I might even join you for one. Want to add a splash of fizzy water, then please do. We all have our own interpretations of how an old fashioned should be handled and that is perfectly all right by me.

‘Tis the season to sit by the fire, lingering and sipping on a classic cocktail, bourbon whiskey at it’s best.

Old Fashioned drink

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What is an Old Fashioned Cocktail?

One of the simplest mixed drinks, the old fashioned cocktail consists of your choice of whiskey, I prefer bourbon or Southern Comfort, a bit of sugar, and Angostura bitters. Some might add a splash of water, something I do to help dissolve the sugar, and others would top it off with a fizzy water such as club soda.

How to make an old fashioned cocktail recipe

Easy Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

One of the simplest classic mixed drinks to make, the Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe!


  • 1⁄2 tsp sugar
  • 3 - 5 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey


  1. In a rocks glass, add the sugar, bitters, and splash of water, stir until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Fill the glass with large ice, add the bourbon whiskey, stir gently to combine.
  3. Add the orange peel, pinching to help release the oil into drink, and drop in.


I only add a splash of water to help dissolve the sugar.

If preferred, top up with club soda.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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