Old Fashioned: Learn Your Cocktail

By Betchy Crocker

If you live in the South or date a lumberjack (or both, in my case), you know what an Old Fashioned is. Developed in the 19th century, the Old Fashioned is a mixture of sugar, bitters, and whiskey. So, you can see why men with beards and with an affinity for plaid love this shit.

HISTORY LESSON: Back in the 1800s, there were apparently a lot of cocktails considered an “old fashioned.” The most popular, however, turned out to be the mixture made with whiskey – especially Rye whiskey (gag). The name “Old Fashioned,” though, likely came as the name for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail at a gentleman’s club in Kentucky (we know those people fucking love Bourbon as much as they love betting and giant hats). The original recipe calls for dissolving a lump of sugar in water in a whiskey glass, then adding Angostura bitters, ice, a piece of lemon peel, a “jigger” of whiskey, and mixing it all together. We don’t know what the fuck a jigger is, but I’ll equate it to liiike a shot or three.


  • 1 sugar cube (or ½ tsp loose white sugar)
  • 3 dashes bitters (use Angostura bitters)
  • Club soda
  • 2 ounces whiskey (use either Bourbon or Rye whiskey)

Place the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass. Wet it down with the  Angostura bitters and a splash of club soda. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler (or your finger, or a spoon, or your lipstick, or a pen, etc). Add a large ice cube, then pour in the whiskey. Serve to a bearded man or knock that shit back.

Some people will add a fucking maraschino cherry or lemon twist and, if you must, then, ugh, fine. But seriously. Good rye or bourbon shouldn't need it.




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