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Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail

Staff Writer
Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail
Naren Young

Like many of the great cocktails that were created in America and have gone "international," the Old Fashioned is sadly a mere shadow of its former self. Nowadays, in the majority of bars across the country, your barkeep has probably muddled some heinous mélange of sugar, orange, pineapple, and cherry into your Old Fashioned, delivering a sickly sweet mess that might even be — god forbid — shaken to within an inch of its life.

Most of this artificial frippery was most likely added during Prohibition, when many drinks were doctored in such a way so their base spirit was rendered tasteless. In actual fact, the Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail is a simple, no-nonsense affair that can be made by any budding home mixologist that has in their possession the following: American whiskey (a peppery rye will deliver the best results), Angostura bitters (or feel free to sub in any other type as your imagination allows), sugar, a spoon, and some good quality ice.

Deliver Ingredients
1 drink


  • 2 Ounces whiskey (try Wild Turkey 101 rye, Knob Creek rye, or Bulleit rye)
  • 1/4 Ounce simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist, garnish


Add the whiskey, simply syrup, and bitters to a cocktail glass. Stir over ice and then strain into a serving glass over a single, large piec of ice. Add a lemon twist and smile.

Old Fashioned Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Old Fashioned Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.