The Old Fashioned

This is the granddaddy of all drinks containing whiskey and bitters–the old stand-by, the classic, the staple, first choice of bitter old men and normal folks like you and me…that’s right, it’s the Old Fashioned cocktail.

There are a lot of opinions swirling around out there about what constitutes an old fashioned and what should be considered a mixological abomination.  Some people say you should or shouldn’t add water, some people debate the merits of sugar versus simple syrup, some people think it can be made with any sort of whiskey, and some think that if you put anything besides bourbon or straight rye in it you deserve nothing more than a scowl and a kick in the pants.

Our stance is this: The Old Fashioned Cocktail is, above all else, simple:  it’s just sugar, bitters, and whiskey, in a glass, with ice (if you prefer).  No cocktail shaker necessary, no muddled fruit, no seltzer, no soda.  Just the basics.  That’s why this cocktail has staying power and why it will always be a favorite. That said, we feel there’s nothing wrong with making your old fashioned your own.  Want to add a garnish?  Go ahead.  Still an old fashioned.  Fancy a spritz of soda water?  We won’t tell the cocktail snobs if you don’t.  Below, you’ll find our signature recipe that will give you a great baseline from which to branch out and experiment.


-2 oz Rye or Bourbon (Bulleit makes a tasty, affordable version of both)

-1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp of white sugar)

-Embitterment Aromatic Bitters

-Orange Peel [for garnish]


  1. In a mixing pint, soak a sugar cube with two dashes each of Embitterment’s Aromatic and Orange bitters.
  2. While you’re waiting for the sugar cube to soak, prepare your garnish.  We like a simple slice of orange peel.
  3. Once the cube has absorbed the bitters, muddle it in the bottom of a mixing glass so that the sugar is crushed into fine granules.
  4. Add 2 oz of whiskey, fill the glass with ice, and stir with a bar spoon for about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Strain the drink into a rocks glass with ice, squeeze the orange peel over the drink to release the essential oils, and run the peel around the rim before placing it in the glass.

The result?  A beautiful, simple cocktail that’s perfect for almost any occasion.

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