How to Make an Old Fashioned

How to Cocktail: The Old Fashioned

Learn how to make a classic Old Fashioned cocktail, using sugar, water, bitters and American whiskey, from star New York bartender and advisory board member Dushan Zaric.


  • 1 Brown sugar cube
  • .5 tsp White sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
  • .25 oz Cold water
  • 2 oz George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky or other American whiskey
  • Garnish: Lemon and orange twists
  • Glass: Rocks

In a rocks glass, muddle both sugars, both bitters and the water. Add the whiskey and a large ice cube. Twist slices of lemon and orange peel over the drink and drop them in.

Read more from Dushan Zaric about the Old Fashioned resurgence or learn about variations on the Old Fashioned for warmer weather.



  • roattw posted 6 months ago

    Old fashions are like pizza, lots of versions. A really good restaurant called 52 makes a New Old Fashioned I love. So I questioned the bar tenders and got the ingredients. Try it, you will like it.

    2 oz Breaker Craft Bourbon Whiskey
    1 oz Cherry Heering
    Apple bitters
    Rock candy stick (optional)
    Marashino cherry
    Optional twist I did: some tonic water, orange slice

  • curt1brown posted 10 months ago

    I prefer my old fashioned with Rye whiskey. I use a potato peeler to peel a slice off of an orange. I use simple syrup and bitters then drop in my orange peel to be muddled (discard when done). I always make my old fashioned a double. I then garnish with a lemon peel (twisted for flavor) and two black cherries. I use a large ball of ice instead of cubes which keeps it nice and cool as I enjoy.

  • crispy1260.92e4725 posted 1 year ago

    Can't say I've ever had an Old Fashioned made this way. Very close sometimes but I've grown to love the Old Fashioned flavor made by Watershed Distillery (Ohio, USA). Always thought a cherry and orange disk or peel was what gave this whiskey drink it's iconic appearance but I'm happy to try this out sometime.

  • chieflee posted 2 years ago

    Love my Old Fashioned s. I make them differently though.

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