Classic Cocktails: Old Fashioned

By Fred Minnick 


Our earliest record of an Old Fashioned comes from 1806 and at that time it was whiskey’s competition to rum and brandy punches, gin slings, and boiled cider. Today, your average bartender slaps fruit in a cup, mashes it, and pours whiskey over the mash, topping it with soda water. But that’s not how it should be done. Instead, let’s start with:


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Club soda
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey



  1. Place sugar in an Old Fashioned glass, add three dashes of bitters, and a splash of club soda.

  2. Muddle the sugar, rotate the glass to line it with the sugar mixture, and add a large ice cube.

  3. Pour the whiskey. Garnish the drink with an orange twist, if you’d like.

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Kevin Gibson is a free-lance writer who writes for numerous publications, including Bourbon+ magazine, Thrillist, and Alcohol Professor.