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Good Eats: Old Fashioned Drink Recipes

Good Eats: Old-Fashioned Recipes

An old-fashioned cocktail. A drink that is sophisticated, charming, and one of the most famous, original cocktails in America. An old fashioned is known as being a macho man’s cocktail of choice. This cocktail has a rich, smooth, and elegant taste that is characterized by a twisted orange peel. Old-fashioned cocktails include the basics, sugar, water, dashes of bitters, and whiskey.

The classic recipe for an old-fashioned is simple, but individuals’ personalities can flare when it comes to the type of whiskey they choose to put into it. There is a variety of ways to customize an old-fashioned. If you like a spicier drink, you might want a rye whisky, or if you like things a little sweeter, a bourbon might be the best option for you. Whatever your preference may be, we have found four recipes that will quench your thirst and have you feeling classic.

Classic Old-Fashioned

To start, we have found this classic old-fashioned cocktail recipe on the Cdkitchen website. This recipe takes about 5 minutes to make and creates one serving.


  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Two dashes bitters
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • One jigger (1.5 fluid ounce size) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 orange twist
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  1. Stir together the simple syrup, water, and bitters in a whiskey glass. Add the ice to the glass.
  2. Slowly pour the bourbon over ice. Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist and maraschino cherry.

Maple Old-Fashioned

With fall upon us and winter coming soon, we thought this recipe was a good fit. It is a sweeter version of a classic old-fashioned, with hints of nutty and maple flavors. This cocktail recipe can be found on the Gastronom Blog and would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.


  • .75 oz maple syrup
  • Four dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. Add bitters, maple syrup, and bourbon to a rocks glass.
  2. Add a large ice cube.
  3. Stir until chilled and maple syrup dissolves into the bourbon.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel and brandied cherry, if desired.

Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned

Here is a recipe that takes the classic old-fashioned recipe and twists it with additions of cinnamon and brown sugar flavors. We found this recipe on and yields one serving.


  • 1 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp water
  • Two dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Ice
  • Orange peel, for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish


  1. Add sugar, water, and bitters to glass. Muddle sugar until dissolved.
  2. Add bourbon and ice. Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel and cinnamon stick

Vanilla Old-Fashioned Cocktail

With a hint of vanilla, this recipe is a great spinoff of the classic old-fashioned cocktail recipe. This recipe can be found on, takes 5 minutes to prepare, and serves one.


  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 dashes Orange bitters
  • Orange peel twist
  • 5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla


  1. In an old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, then stir.
  2. Squeeze orange peel over the glass to extract oils, add peel to the cocktail, and add whiskey.
  3. Stir the drink and serve cold.

We hope you enjoy these old-fashioned recipes. If you have any questions or any other recipe recommendations for us, let us know at [email protected]!

Happy drinking, friends!

*Disclaimer: Must be 21 years old or older to drink legally.

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.

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