Classic Old Fashioned

When it comes to cocktails, there is nothing more classic than an Old Fashioned. This is mine and Kyle’s go-to cocktail on a Friday or Saturday evening. It’s a stirred cocktail that is so incredibly easy to make and you probably have almost all the ingredients already in your kitchen.

Old_Fashion_Cocktail_Dahlia_Homestead_Recipe_Film_Photography-7For an Old Fashioned you can use bourbon or rye whiskey but I definitely prefer bourbon. Some recipes will call for you to use a sugar cube that you muddle with the bitters but I use simple syrup because I always have it on hand and its so easy to make! All you need is boil one part water and one part sugar and then let it cool and your simple syrup is ready to go! Old_Fashion_Cocktail_Dahlia_Homestead_Recipe_Film_Photography-2Some will combine all the ingredients in a separate glass, stir in the ice, and strain into a drinking glass but I, once again, like to go for the simpler option and combine the ingredients right into the drinking glass and the stir in ice and top it off with an orange slice and cherries. I like to squeeze a little of the juice from the orange slice into my drink and then add in the actual orange and a couple cherries but a lot of people will just use an orange peel. I hope you enjoy this classic cocktail!


Old Fashion Cocktail

  • 2oz bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange slice or peel
  • 1-2 maraschino cherries
  • ice


  1. Add bitters and simple syrup into a drinking glass
  2. Pour in bourbon
  3. Add in ice and stir
  4. Finish off with cherries and orange slice. Enjoy!



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