Mastering The Old Fashioned

Hey there, cocktail enthusiasts! If you’re ready to elevate your whiskey game, look no further than the classic Old Fashioned. Now, I know you’re here to learn the secrets of crafting the perfect pour, so buckle up and get ready for a journey into mixology mastery.


Bourbon – The Liquid Gold:

Grab a bourbon that not only tastes good but tells a story. Look for complexity and character, as if each sip carries you through the history of this fine spirit.

Simple Syrup – Sweet Simplicity:

Up next is simple syrup. Here it’s about achieving the perfect balance.

Angostura Bitters – The Artisan’s Touch:

Last not least is your bitters. A couple of dashes can transform your Old Fashioned into a symphony of flavors.


By the numbers:
  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Orange twist
Ice Matters:

Step 1: Use large, clear ice cubes to minimize dilution. Remember, we want to chill, not water down. Quality ice is the unsung hero of a great Old Fashioned.

Golden Ratio:

Stp 2: Opt for a 2:1 ratio – The means two parts bourbon to one part simple syrup. This ratio allows the whiskey to shine while the sweetness complements without overpowering.

The Art of Stirring:

Step 3: Stirring is a gentle dance, not a vigorous workout. Use a bar spoon and stir for about 20-30 seconds. This technique ensures proper mixing without the cloudy result that shaking can sometimes produce.

Orange Citrus Zest:

Step 4: Express the citrus oils of an orange into the drink by peeling a piece of the orange skin and twisting it over the glass. This adds a fragrant and essential aromatic layer to your Old Fashioned. Run the peel around the rim for an extra touch.



If you like sweeter cocktails try using bourbons from Angels Envy or Woodfords

Simple Syrup

Try experimenting with different flavored syrups or even rock brown sugar to add a subtle twist to your classic concoction.

Experiment with Garnishes:

While the classic orange twist is timeless, don’t shy away from experimenting with different citrus peels or even a Luxardo cherry. The garnish should be an accent, not an afterthought.

Aging Elegance:

Consider aging your Old Fashioned in a small oak barrel. This imparts a subtle richness and complexity that is hard to replicate with freshly mixed drinks.

Mindful Sipping:

Treat your Old Fashioned with respect. This isn’t a shot; it’s a contemplative experience. Sip slowly, savoring the layers of flavor that unfold with each taste.

Customize Your Bourbon:

Make your Old Fashioned truly yours by choosing a bourbon that resonates with you. Experiment with different brands, ages, and mash bills until you find your perfect match.

Now that you’ve got the inside scoop from a mixologist’s playbook, it’s time to turn your home bar into a haven of Old Fashioned perfection. Remember, crafting this classic is an art, and with these pro tips, you’re well on your way to becoming a mixology maestro. Cheers to your journey into the world of refined libations!

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