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 Apple bitters or Cardamom bitters or Celery bitters or Cherry bitters or Chocolate bitters or Grapefruit bitters or Lavender bitters or Lemon bitters or Mole bitters or Orange bitters or Peach bitters or Peychaud's bitters or Rhubarb bitters or Tiki bitters or Walnut bitters or Maple bitters
- ¼ part Simple syrup or Agave nectar or Banana syrup or Brown sugar syrup or Cactus fruit syrup or Cardamom syrup or Cinnamon syrup or Coconut syrup or Elderflower syrup or Falernum syrup or Ginger syrup or Grenadine or Hibiscus syrup or Honey syrup or Jasmine syrup or Lavender syrup or Lemon syrup or Lychee syrup or Maple syrup or Mint syrup or Oleo saccharum or Passion fruit syrup or Pineapple syrup or Raspberry syrup or Rose syrup or Strawberry syrup or Vanilla syrup
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.