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Old-fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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Classic Old-Fashioned Cocktail


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The Old-fashioned is a classic whiskey cocktail that has been served since around 1880 at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky and is (disputably) the first drink referred to as a cocktail. It is the perfect ideal of what a cocktail should contain: a spirit, a sweet, a bitter, a sour, and water.

Typically, the Old-fashioned is made with bourbon, however you can experiment with other types of whiskey. Club soda is often used to top off this drink, but this is not a traditional method. There are also other ways to change up this drink and a few of those are listed below the recipe.

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Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Place the sugar cube at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Saturate the cube with bitters.
  3. Add one orange slice.
  4. Muddle these ingredients.
  5. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  6. Add the bourbon.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Garnish with a second orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

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New recipe for an ""Old Fashioned"", Member SadieSarah

Here is my late husband's Old Fashioned recipe: Muddle 1 teaspoon sugar (or cube) with 1 Tablespoon water Add juice from 1 orange slice Add juice from 1 lemon slice Add 1 teaspoon marachino cherry juice Add several shakes of bitters (no Angostura today, but other bitters are just as good) Add several ice cubes, stir well Add 2 - 3 ounces Canadian Club, stir well Add additional orange & lemon slices Add 1 marachino cherry Enjoy Crown Royal can be substituted for C.C. When our guests were asked, they always picked Walter's Old Fashioned as drink of choice.

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