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Bourbon Old Fashioned

Bourbon Old Fashioned. Image: Tim Nusog

Try this quintessential Old Fashioned cocktail with your favorite bourbon. It's been said that the original cocktail contains sugar, bitters, whiskey and water. This variation, made by cocktail legend Dale Degroff, adds muddled fruit and soda water for a lighter, fruitier taste.


  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 orange wheel
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 splash club soda
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • garnish: 1 fresh orange wheel
  • garnish: 1 cherry


  1. In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda.

  2. Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice.

  3. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.