Old fashioned

Easy Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

What is an old fashioned?

One of the most venerable cocktails, the old fashioned emerged at the beginning of the 19th century, when it was known simply as ‘the Whisky Cocktail’. The austere purity of the recipe – a balanced blend of whiskey, bitters, sugar and water – was diluted over time by the addition of fruit, liqueurs and other ingredients, so much so that discerning drinkers who wanted the cocktail in its original guise would ask for a whisky cocktail made the old fashioned way.

How to make an old fashioned

An old fashioned is traditionally made with a sugar cube, but swapping this for sugar syrup (soft light brown sugar works beautifully) shortens the mixing time considerably.

Make your own homemade sugar syrup using our step-by-step recipe, it’s super easy!

Classic old fashioned cocktail recipe

  • 335
  • Total time 5 minutes
  • Note + Cooling
  • Difficulty Easy


  • soft light brown sugar 100g
  • Angostura bitters a few dashes
  • bourbon or rye whisky 3 tbsp
  • orange twist to garnish


  • Step 1

    Put the sugar and 100ml water in a pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Cool. This will make more than you need but will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

    Step 2

    Put 3 tsp of sugar syrup and the bitters in an old fashioned glass and stir until combined. Fill the glass with ice cubes, pour over the bourbon and stir well. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and serve.

Make it fancy with our monkey old fashioned recipe

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