Classic Old Fashioned Recipe

Classic Old Fashioned Recipe


  • 3 oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 5 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 2 Black Cherries
  • Orange Peel
  • 1 Large Cube of Ice


The Old Fashioned is perhaps the most classic and identifiable cocktail one could find, order, or mix.

The Old Fashioned, is, quite simply, a very classic and old fashioned drink.  It’s history is the history of the original term “cocktail”.  Ordering a cocktail back in the 1820s and 1830s originally was ordering your choice of spirit, mixed with a combination of sugar, water and bitters.  It was a way to enjoy your favorite libation but also are the “edge” or “bite” of the liquor off.

There is not necessarily a concrete or agreed upon history for the Old Fashioned.  Some say that it originated in the 1880’s at the Pendennis Club in Louisville underexperimentation by bartender James E. Pepper (yes, that one), who added the orange peel twist.

The most plausible seems to be as the craft cocktail culture started to develop in the late 1800s to very early 1900s.  Bartenders began experimenting with a more robust array of ingredients, mixing styles, and flavors.  For those who were not as keen on these new offerings, they would order a bourbon “the old fashioned way”, and thus The Old Fashioned we all know and love today was born.



In an Old Fashioned Glass:


  • Pour 1 oz Simple Syrup (to go really old school, use a brown sugar cube and add 1 oz of hot water) 
  • add 5 dashes of angostura bitters
  • Pour 3 oz Bourbon (Wild Turkey 101 is our suggested go to)
  • Add 2 black cherries using a cocktail stirrer
  • Stir
  • Squeeze Orange Peel Around the Rim and Drop in
  • Add 1 Large cube of Ice (Old Fashioneds are worth a try neat as well)
  • Enjoy
  • Repeat as Necessary


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