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One of two glasses of old fashioned cocktails beside a cutting board with orange peels and sugar cubes.

Old Fashioned

The perfect cocktail for any occasion, this Old Fashioned comes together quickly with only a few ingredients. Make it for your next dinner party!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 176kcal


  • Muddler


  • oz bourbon 67mL
  • 1 orange peel
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 1 sugar cube


  • Cut a one inch circle of orange peel.
  • Place a sugar cube in glass and saturate with bitters.
  • Muddle the sugar cube and then add 1½ oz of bourbon.
  • Add ice and stir well. 
  • Using a match or lighter warm the orange peel up, then squeeze while holding at a 45 degree angle over glass. Wipe peel on rim of glass and drop in. 
  • Add a cherry (optional), and ¾ oz of bourbon and give a final stir. You may add a small spritz of soda if you desire. Garnish with a strip of orange peel and enjoy!



  • While some recipes may call for soda water or water added to the sugar cubes, I skip it as not to dilute the cocktail.
  • Avoid adding too many dashes of bitters to the glass as it’ll overpower the bourbon flavors.
  • Don’t skip the sugar as the sweetness open the bourbon’s aroma.
  • When cutting the orange peel, make sure there is as little pith as possible as it’ll taste bitter.
  • To help your drink stay cold longer, you can place your glasses in the freezer beforehand. If you didn’t put the glasses in the freezer early enough, you can also fill the glasses with some water and place them in the freezer while preparing to make the drink for a quick chill.
  • Feel free to double or triple the recipe, just be sure to use a larger glass to mix your ingredients together.
  • Using a large ice cube is ideal as it melts slower and slows the dilution of the drink.
  • A Luxardo cherry makes for a great garnish as well. Place it on a toothpick on the glass, or add it to the drink and stir.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.7g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 1.8mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 6.5g