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Not So Old Fashioned

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Also known as the Whiskey Cocktail, the Old Fashioned has been around for more than 150 years. And there's a reason this drink has stood the test of time. Brilliant in its simplicity, it's just a damn good cocktail! The name refers to how it's made, the old fashioned way of combining liquor with water, sugar, and bitters. The genius in the method is that the other ingredients don't dilute the flavor of the liquor, but rather compliment it. So don't offend the cocktail gods by using a cheap whiskey, choose something worthy of THE COCKTAIL of all cocktails.


  • 2 oz Tennessee Whiskey

  • 1 Large ice cube and several small ones

  • Bitters

  • Sugar cubes

  • Orange (optional)

  • Cocktail cherry (optional)

* Supplies needed: cocktail beaker, muddler, cocktail spoon and strainer


  1. Prepare your drinking glass by running a slice of orange peel around the rim.

  2. Place a large ice cube (or 2 - 3 small ones) in your glass.

  3. In a cocktail beaker (or separate glass), put two sugar cubes. 

  4. Add 2 - 3 dashes of your favorite bitters and muddle it with the sugar cubes.

  5. Add whiskey and a few cubes of ice.

  6. Stir with a cocktail spoon 30 times (yes, you have to count!).

  7. Using a cocktail strainer, pour over the large ice cube in your drinking glass.

  8. Garnish with an orange twist and/or cherry.

* Substitution: 1 tsp of simple syrup can be used instead of the sugar cubes


Serve in:

Small tumbler glass


Looking for more cocktail recipes? Check out my Travel Inspired Cocktails page!

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