Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail: There's a reason this spirit-forward sipper endures

Southern Kitchen
The Old Fashioned

One of the oldest cocktails in the history of cocktails, this is a reliable sipper that's simple to make as long as you have the ingredients on hand. This is a spirit-forward recipe that lets the bourbon do the talking, so make sure to buy something you'd like to taste. Rye works perfectly in this recipe as well. 

Serves: 1

Hands on Time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes


2 ounces bourbon

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 large ice cube

Orange slice or two, for garnish

Maraschino cherry, for garnish


In a rocks glass, combine the bourbon, simple syrup and bitters. Add the ice cube and use a bar spoon to stir until the drink is well chilled, about 30 seconds. Garnish with the orange and cherry. Serve.