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The Old-Fashioned

A centuries-old cocktail that has never been better today.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 2 ounces good quality rye or bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (recipes often call for a sugar cube, which is about a teaspoon)
  • 3 dashes bitters (I use the all-purpose Angostura)
  • 1 orange twist (I didn't have an orange and so used lemon)


  • Combine the sugar and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. I add a teaspoon or so to help dissolve the sugar. Pound it gently with a muddler or the end of a wooden citrus reamer.
  • Add the bourbon, stir, add on large ice cube and garnish with a twist.
Keyword bitters, Old-fashioned, sugar, Whiskey