How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail

Recently, I had the chance to take a tour of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. One of the fun things we did was visiting the distilleries and learning all about bourbon, and how they differ. While bourbon never really went away as a popular choice for a drink, it surely seems to be having a renaissance in the past few years. One of the classic bourbon cocktails is an Old Fashioned, and we’re going to teach you how to make it.

Learn how to make a proper Old Fashioned cocktail

Now, the Old Fashioned cocktail has a little bit of controversy.  Some say to add the sugar, some don’t.  Some say to muddle the orange peel, while others think that’s barbaric. Read on to see what we think.

How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail

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You’ll need a couple of things for this cocktail. If you don’t want to make your own bourbon soaked cherries, pick some up! You’ll also need a bar spoon, which any decent home bar should have. And, of course, an Old Fashioned glass. These are similar in size to your juice glasses in your cabinet, so you can use those.

How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail
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  • 1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Bar Spoon of Brown Sugar
  • Dash of Angostura Orange Bitters
  • 2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • Bourbon soaked Cherries
  • Orange Twist


  1. Add the brown sugar and bitters to an Old Fashioned glass.
  2. Add the bourbon.
  3. Stir to combine with the bar spoon.
  4. Garnish with bourbon soaked cherries and an orange peel twist.

See how easy that is!  Now you can impress all of your friends with a really fab Rat Pack type elegant cocktail, and it’s oh so simple.

Bourbon is making a comeback. Learn how to make a classic Old Fashioned cocktail.

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