Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned.

Where are all my whiskey people? Probably in the back of the room raising their hands and hollering right now. I see you and I’ll join you soon. I am a bourbon girl. I typically take my bourbon neat, but every once in a blue moon when I’m feeling like stepping out of my box I’ll throw everyone off and order (or make) a good Old Fashioned.

Because I can’t leave well enough alone, and I’m not going to start at this point in my life, I do things a little differently, this rendition of an Old Fashioned is no exception. This is MY take on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. I feel like I’ve stuck to the bones of this iconic drink so hopefully the purists can appreciate that.

Old Fashioned
GLASS: It starts with the glass. Aptly named the old fashioned glass. It’s also called a rocks glass. They have a heavy bottom and straight sides. It feels good in your hand. It’s classy. This is one of my favorites. It’s from Uncommon Goods and has a road map of Atlanta (one of my favorite cities) on it.

SWEETENER: You could go with a sugar cube but I’ve opted for simple syrup. Once you have the simple syrup made it’s hella easier to mix the cocktail together and I’m all for getting to my drink faster. You can go with the sugar cube. You’ll have to wet it and work it until it’s dissolved before you had the good stuff. TIP: I also added an orange peel to the simple syrup when I was making it. I like orange, what can I say.

BOURBON. The good stuff. Don’t be chintzy. Go with a good bourbon. I used W.L. Weller Special Reserve. Don’t let the budget friendly price fool you, it’s good stuff.


Old Fashioned
GARNISH: I took the orange peel a step further and singed it on my gas burner (you can use a kitchen torch) to give it a little extra pizazz and I love the subtle charred flavor. Remember to rub it around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink.

ICE: I used a sphere mold. If you want to take your mixology game up to the next level you can boil purified water before placing it into your molds to create a clearer piece of ice. I was obviously in a hurry to get to my ice.

Please remember to drink responsibly and if you’d ever like to make me a drink just lemme know. I’m happy to oblige.

Cheers y’all!


Old Fashioned

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  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2-3 dashes angostura bitters
  • orange peel


Place ice cube into rocks glass.

Into separate glass add: simple syrup, bourbon and bitters. Stir to combine.

Pour over ice cube.

Rub orange peel over rim of glass and then place into drink.


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  1. 1

    This brings back such great memories of my grandfather! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  2. 2

    Old fashions are the best! I want to make one right now, this looks perfect!

  3. 3

    Mmmm! Sounds good! I’ve just started drinking bourbon in the last few years. This recipe is a keeper! Cool glasses!

  4. 4
    Erin @ The Speckled Palate /

    Mmm. This looks and sounds heavenly! We’re big bourbon fans, so we’re gonna try your twist on the classic soon!

  5. 5

    Love the “moody” pics, awesome job!

  6. 6

    This looks amazing! I will have to try this soon! I love the ice cube!

  7. 7

    I am in the back of the room, raising my hand. I’m going to have to check out this bourbon, I usually go with Bullet Bourbon.

  8. 8

    This sounds fantastic! I am loving the charred orange peel idea!

  9. 9

    These “vintage” drinks are great, and are coming back in fashion. Most bars don’t have the ability to singe the orange peel, which i think gives it a really unique flair, but u can certainly do it at home!


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