Classic Old Fashioned

Since its earliest days as the original cocktail, the Old Fashioned has undergone an evolution with thousands of variations.

This classic Old Fashioned recipe uses bourbon, strips out the mid-century addition of soda while keeping the orange slice and cherry that are commonly associated with the cocktail.

This recipe creates an easy sipping cocktail that lets the flavor of the bourbon come through with a hint of sweetness from the orange and cherry.  If you’re making these at home, we recommend two cherries, one for you and one for the drink.

A tip when you’re making this cocktail recipe is to use a good bourbon, preferably something with a little age on it that you wouldn’t mind sipping on its own.

Want to learn more about the history of the Old Fashioned read Take a Drink and Travel Through Time as We Explore the Old Fashioned.

Classic old fashioned cocktail

Classic Old Fashioned

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 cherry
  • 1 orange slice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash of water


  • Soak a sugar cube in an old fashioned glass with a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters and a dash of water.
  • Muddle this with an orange slice. Add the bourbon, cherry, a couple of ice cubes, and you're good to go.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Classic Cocktails, Food History