This classic old fashioned cocktail recipe is so simple that you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it yourself! Only three ingredients, not counting the fruit, and you are on your way to an old fashioned cocktail kind of day. Or night! 😉
The drink that makes me feel cool
Wow! As a bartender, I have made my fair share old fashions but I had never tasted one until several years ago when we were with my brother- and sister-in-law. There we sat; sipping away at this lovely cocktail. I have to admit, there is something about the classic drinks that makes one feel worldly. Or at least, that’s how they make me feel!
A while ago, we went to visit another of Christopher’s sisters and while we were gathered at an old haunt of ours (read: a restaurant Christopher and I used to go when we were dating), our other brother-in-law was drinking one of these beauties! He offered me a sip and I never say no to a free sip.
Ahhhh! I instantly felt cool and looked around the bar to see everyone nodding their heads and looking at me approvingly. Okay, that last part might have been my fantasy, but that doesn’t negate the cool feeling I had when I sipped this delicious drink.
And while the cocktail at this restaurant was acceptable, it wasn’t the best old fashioned I’ve ever had. I turned to Christopher and told him that I was soooo going to make a classic old fashioned cocktail recipe for the blog! He smiled proudly at me. Or maybe he was just checking out the reflection of his teeth in my glasses.
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- As always, use a good bourbon as this cocktail is almost all booze so you will taste the difference.
- If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the back of a spoon.
- Use big cubes, since it looks pretty cool in cocktails. Here are the trays that I have.
- Use good cherries like Luxardo cherries.
- Once the bourbon is poured in the glass, use a cocktail spoon to stir it.
How to make a classic old fashioned cocktail
No cocktail shaker was abused in making this drink. You make it directly in your double old fashioned glass. This is called building a cocktail.
Gather the ingredients – bourbon, cherries, orange, sugar and water. (A)
Slice an orange wheel and cut in half. Place the orange into the glass. (B)
Gather the cherries. I use 2 Luxardo cherries. Place them in the glass to join the orange. (C)
Add water and sugar and take your muddler and muddle the cherries, orange with the water and sugar. (D)
Overhead view of the muddled fruit.
Add a large ice cube in the double old fashioned glass. (E)
Step six: Measure 2 ounces of bourbon. (F)
Pour the bourbon directly over the ice and then take your cocktail spoon and swirl all the ingredients around the glass. You want the bourbon nice and cold and the ingredients to all meld together.
Here’s an arial view of the classic old fashioned cocktail!
And the vertical view.
All that is left to do is sit on my couch and sip this classic old fashioned cocktail!
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Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
- 1 orange wheel cut in half
- 2 maraschino cherries I used a deluxe brand like Luxardo, but regular will do
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 ounces bourbon
- In a rocks or double old fashioned glass put your orange wheel, maraschino cherry, water and sugar
- Take a muddler or the back of a spoon and smush the orange, cherry, water and sugar
- Put some ice on top of the muddled fruit
- Pour bourbon over ice
- Take cocktail spoon and stir thoroughly
- Sit somewhere comfortable
- Raise glass to lips
- See if anyone thinks you're as cool as you feel