Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned was said to have originated at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1880s and invented by a bartender there. However, the popularity was due to a member of the club who happened to be a bourbon distiller; Colonel James Pepper transported the drink to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

The Old Fashioned is probably the first drink to be named a cocktail. It is served in an Old Fashioned glass funnily enough, named after the cocktail.

The Recipe

This recipe serves 1

  • 2 measures bourbon
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 white sugar cube
  • Garnish: orange zest

Place the sugar cube into a rocks glass, add the orange bitters and dissolve the sugar by mixing with a teaspoon. Add the bourbon plus ice cubes and stir until the sugar has dissolved completely. Finish by adding the orange zest to garnish.


  • Some recipes you will find will add soda to make a long drink, however this would never be permitted in a true Old Fashioned.
  • If you prefer Brandy, the Whiskey can be replaced.

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