How to Make the Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail 

Learn how to make the perfect old fashioned. The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail everyone should know how to make.

The first use of the name “Old Fashioned” for this Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller.

The Old Fashioned was named as the official cocktail of Louisville, Kentucky in 2015. Each year, during the first two weeks of June, Louisville celebrates “Old Fashioned Fortnight” which encompasses bourbon events, cocktail specials and National Bourbon Day which is always celebrated on June 14.

Let’s make an Old Fashioned.

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The Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
Everyone should be able to make an Old Fashioned.  The elegance of this drink is in its simplicity - bitters muddled with sugar topped with bourbon and garnished with an orange.  Heaven.
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  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon - best quality*
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Sugar cube
  • Few dashes plain water


  • Place sugar cube in an old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water.
  • Muddle until dissolved.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes and add bourbon.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and a cocktail cherry.


Bourbon not Rye
For me, the perfect oldfashioned has to be made with bourbon, not rye. I like Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon. It's one of my favorite bourbons and it was one of the brands from my first job working for BF Spirits.


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sugar: 4g
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