It’s called an “Old Fashioned” because it’s the literal definition of what a cocktail used to be: a healthy pour of spirit, a bit of syrup, and couple dashes of bitters. No mushed-up fruit, no soda: just Platonic perfection in a glass.
The classic Old Fashioned recipe calls for bourbon, rye or blended whiskey, simple syrup, and aromatic bitters. That said, it’s an endlessly flexible template – mix and match brown spirits, syrup, and bitters to your heart’s delight.
- 2 parts Bourbon or Rye whiskey or Irish whiskey or Scotch or Blended whiskey or Japanese whisky or Brandy or Aged rum
- 3 dashes Aromatic bitters or Orange bitters or Peychaud's bitters or Lemon bitters or Peach bitters or Walnut bitters or Chocolate bitters or Apple bitters or Cardamom bitters or Grapefruit bitters or Lavender bitters or Mole bitters or Rhubarb bitters or Cherry bitters or Tiki bitters
- ¼ part Simple syrup or Brown sugar syrup or Cinnamon syrup or Ginger syrup or Banana syrup or Cardamom syrup or Falernum syrup or Honey syrup or Agave nectar or Lavender syrup or Hibiscus syrup or Lemon syrup or Oleo saccharum
Add the ingredients to a glass (an Old Fashioned glass is best, of course) and stir with one ice cube (we want to get a bit of melt action going). Add more ice cubes, and garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist.