old fashioned drink recipe: how to make the traditional old fashioned cocktail

Old Fashioned is one of the famous classic drinks made with whiskey. It is a short ball drink and is served in a short tumbler glass, called the old-fashioned named after the drink itself.

It is a simple drink which is designed to enhance the taste and flavor of the base spirit, typically the Whiskey. Certain recipes also use Brandy instead of Whiskey. Some recipes of old fashioned also call for a splash of the soda water which is a variation of this one.


  • 2 shots of Scotch Whisky
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Sugar cube (or a teaspoon of fine white sugar)
  • A lemon peel for garnish


  1. Chill an old fashioned glass
  2. Put a sugar cube into the glass
  3. Add 2 or 3 dashes of the bitters into the glass
  4. Muddle the sugar along with the bitter fully using a muddler
  5. Add some ice cubes into the glass, about halfway in the glass
  6. Add the whiskey into the glass over the ice and stir briskly to combine
  7. Add the garnish and serve
Old Fashioned with Scotch Whiskey

Variations and Similar Drinks

  • Sazerac : This is often considered to be a New Orleans variation of this drink.

The drink is served with various garnishes. In lieu of the lemon peel, you can also use an orange slice or a couple of maraschino cherries.


  • You can chill the glass in the freezer or you can do so by filling it with ice cubes and water and letting it sit for a while.
  • When muddling the bitters and the sugar you may add a little water to make the muddling easier.
  • You can substitute the sugar cube with sugar syrup which will make the mixing easier.
  • Instead of the Scotch Whiskey, you may also use Bourbon or Rye Whiskey.
  • The old fashioned is always served on the rocks and always stirred and never shaken.