There’s no twist needed on this classic cocktail! Learn how to make a classic Bourbon Old Fashioned and you’re sure to impress your friends at happy hour. Grab your bar cart, reach for the bourbon, toss in some sugar, bitters, and an orange peel and suddenly, you’re a master mixologist!
New mixologist? Master this classic cocktail!
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Am I right? I know there are a lot of variations when it comes to making an Old Fashioned, but in my opinion there is no “twist” needed when it comes to this classic cocktail. Mastering the classics is always a great place to start if you want to take tending bar at home more seriously. It will also impress your guests when you pull out your new bartending skills for happy hour!
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp of sugar
- 2-3 dashes of angostura bitters
- 1 orange peel
- Add sugar to glass.
- Add 2-3 drops of angostura bitters until sugar is saturated.
- Mix with back of bar spoon until sugar is dissolved.
- Tilt glass and rim the inner walls with dissolved sugar.
- Add one large ice cube.
- Pour in bourbon.
- Line rim with orange peel and drop into glass.
Home Chef Tip: You can use whatever bourbon/whiskey you have on hand, but I highly recommend Bulleit for its high rye content for this particular classic cocktail.
What bourbon do you keep on your bar cart?
The key to creating this classic cocktail is choosing the right bourbon. My personal favorite is Bulliet Bourbon. Bulliet Bourbon has a higher Rye content which gives us a better balance of sugar and whiskey. Since the old fashioned is essentially bourbon, sugar, and water, the whiskey matters. A lot.
This is such a simple cocktail to make, but the results give you a refreshing, classic taste that can’t be beat. Garnish with that signature orange peel for the perfect presentation. Home entertaining is a cinch when you have an arsenal of classic cocktails under your belt!
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