Old Fashioned Cocktail

The old-fashioned has indeed been around a long time–almost to the dawn of the cocktail as we know it, in a style already popular in New Orleans. An old-fashioned is similar in many ways to a Sazerac, which lays claim to being the very first cocktail of them all. It was my father’s favorite drink, so I picked up the habit from him. Even though my tastes have moved on, I still have an Old Fashioned every now and then, especially when I’m in an old-fashioned bar like the Court of Two Sisters or Galatoire’s.


  • 6 oz. simple syrup (see recipe)
  • 1 tsp. Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp. Peychaud’s bitters
  • 8 oz. Bourbon whiskey
  • Crushed ice
  • Club soda
  • 1 orange, cut into 8 half-moon slices
  • 16 stemmed maraschino cherries

1. Combine the syrup, both bitters, and Bourbon in a shaker filled with crushed ice.

2. Strain the mixture into old-fashioned glasses filled about two-thirds full with crushed ice. Top with club soda, and stir two or three strokes. Garnish glass with orange slice and two cherries per glass.

Serves four.

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