Old Fashioned cocktail

by Marta Burgués

It’s a popular cocktail worldwide and also bears the name of the glass where whisky is served. It’s the Old Fashioned, which is elaborated in different ways, mixing several ingredients for the perfect combination.


There are many different origins attributed to the birth of this cocktail. On the one hand, some sources suggest it was created in 1880, at the Pendennis Club bar, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Other sources attribute it to Colonel James Pepper, owner of the old 1776 whiskey, a famous bourbon distillery at the time. Pepper took it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, where it gained strong popularity. It’s also said that the Old Fashioned cocktail was a favorite of U.S. presidents Roosevelt and Truman.


Anyway, its taste is powerful on the palate and the typical bourbon can always be replaced for whiskey if you prefer, although it is better to be true to tradition.

For its elaboration we will use:

  • Bourbon or whiskey
  • A splash of angostura
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Orange slices
  • Some cherries
  • Some water

We try to counter the strong flavor of bourbon with different fruits, but it’s a drink suitable for those who want something daring after a good dinner.

In a whiskey glass, named like the cocktail, old fashioned, mix the sugar, orange slices, cherries, angostura and water. You can crush such ingredients or not, with the aid of a mortar or a large spoon so that the sugar is completely dissolved. This depends on your personal taste. It is said that when the ingredients are crushed the cocktail comes much better. Subsequently, remove the fruits, add bourbon or whisky and ice. Decorate with a cherry and an orange slice.

Regarding sugar, some prefer to add regular sugar to the mix, and others sugar with water, also called simple syrup.

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