Old Fashioned Cocktail

Sometimes it’s good to have a classic cocktail. My favorites are the Negroni and The Last Word Cocktail. My husband prefers this Old Fashioned Cocktail.

Old fashioned cocktail recipe

Recently my husband informed me he likes bourbon.

With a liquor cabinet full of vodka and tequila I was a little bothered trying to figure out where I was going to put more bottles of alcohol. After a couple of hours of clearing out dishes (yes, I really had to do this) and a trip to the liquor store I was ready to allow him to drink bourbon.

Of course, he wanted me to whip up some cocktails with his new bottle of bourbon. I decided to start with this classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe. The Old Fashioned is an official IBA cocktail.

Old Fashioned Cocktail

Why did I start with a classic you ask?

Well…because my  husband also smokes a pipe. thought pipe smoking while sipping an Old Fashioned cocktail would be perfect for the old man he is turning into.

Note…it’s not a requirement that you smoke a pipe while drinking this libation. I do suggest, however, that you purchase quality bourbon for this old fashioned cocktail recipe. It is the main ingredient in the drink and you don’t want to drink bad whiskey. No one wants to ever drink bad whiskey.

Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail

Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe


2 ounces Bourbon Whisky

1 sugar cube

Angostura bitters to taste


1 orange wedge

1 lemon wedge

1 maraschino cherry

Splash of water


Drop a sugar cube into the bottom of a rocks glass and pour a couple dashes of Angostura bitters (to taste) on top of the sugar cube.

Mash the sugar cube with a muddler until the sugar cube is completely broken down. Rotate the glass to coat the bottom in sugar.

Add ice cubes and then the bourbon with a splash of water (again, to taste).

Garnish with orange wedge, lemon wedge, and maraschino cherry.

Makes 1 Old Fashioned Cocktail.


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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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5 comments… add one
  • Robert October 18, 2012, 6:26 pm

    An even better Old Fashioned recipe from Bourbon Bar in Atlanta, GA:
    2 oz Bulleit Rye
    3/4 oz Simple Syrup
    2 dashes Fee Bros Black Walnut Bitters
    4 drops Bitter Cube Orange Bitters
    Stir and serve over a single large ice cube.

    It’s a manly drink and deserves not to contain fruit.

  • Elena October 19, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Oh my gosh, this drink so reminds me of family get togethers. My Grandpa always had one of these during Thanksgiving. Love the pipe in the background!

    • The Mixologists October 23, 2012, 11:11 am

      I’m glad this drink brings back good memories for you!


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