Old Fashioned Recipe – Our Go-to Cocktail

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It’s a Classic!

Join Ryan and I for dinner any given night of the week and no sooner will you have walked through the front door and we’ll have a drink of some kind in your hand. It could be sweet tea or wine, but probably a cocktail. Most likely, it will be an Old Fashioned, which is our very favorite. It’s a classic drink but how it’s made can vary from place to place, so our favorite Old Fashioneds are the ones we make at home.

Without further ado, here’s our recipe so you can try it yourself!

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Recipe:

  • Rye or Bourbon Whiskey (1.5-2.5 oz.)
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Peel
  • Cherries
  • Sugar Cube (or Simple Syrup)
  • Club Soda or Filtered Water
  • Ice

Helpful but not essential tools:

  • Fruit Peeler
  • Muddler
  • Spoon to stir
  • Jigger
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As we mentioned, there are quite a few variations when it comes to old fashionds. Our ideal old fashioned skews more towards the stronger end of the spectrum than fruity and sweet. But that’s the great part about it, you can make it however you want!

Let’s begin!

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Start with an orange slice! Nothing to fancy. We found this great peeler on Amazon that works wonderfully. Some enjoy an actual orange slice, we stick with the peel.

Shop: Peeler // Tumblers & Decanter

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Add a sugar cube. You can always use granular sugar or simple syrup, but the cubed sugar is just a bit more fun!

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…Then a splash of Angostura bitters….4-6 drops is plenty

Shop: Angostura Bitters

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Throw in a cherry. Out of convenience, we use these Bada Bing cherries sold at our local grocery, but Jack Rudy is another amazing option. 

Shop: Bada Bing Cherries // Jack Rudy Bourbon Cherries

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Muddle the ingredients, but be careful not to smash them too much.

Shop: Muddler

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Add ice. I like ice spheres which melt slower and keep the drink cold longer.

Shop: Ice Sphere Moulds

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Pour in 1.5-2.5 ounces of whiskey (however much feels right to you). Now this is where I take a bit of a stand. I (Ryan) strictly use Rye Whiskey, not Bourbon, in my Old Fashionds. There’s something pure about it. It’s mellow and slightly sweet, I just enjoy the taste. I’ll sip bourbon neat, whereas I typically won’t with Rye. But make it however you like it!

Rye’s to try: Bulleit, George Dickel, Woodford Reserve.

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Stir and garnish (if you want) with another cherry on top.

Next, Enjoy!

 

How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail | Recipe | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com
How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail | Recipe | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

Details:

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6 Comments

  1. May 18, 2018 / 9:43 am

    I love a good fancy cocktail! It’s so fun to sip them out of fancy glasses with all of the accoutrements. An old fashioned is my husbands favorite, I’m looking forward to making this one for him! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

    • Ashley Brooke
      May 21, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      I’m with you, Allie! It’s so much fun! You’ll have to let me know what your husband thinks! xx

  2. Brianna Rooney
    May 18, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    well first, LOVE your bar area! second, my boyfriend just got super into making his own old fashion so I just sent this to him, I think the sugar cube is SO fun

    Happy Friday, have a fabulous weekend!

    • Ashley Brooke
      May 21, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Brianna!

      Thanks girl! Also, you’ll have to let me know how the recipe goes! Hope y’all love it! 🙂

      xx- AB

  3. Andrew B
    May 19, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    I am embarrassed as to the number of times I’ve thought about this drink since we had it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley Brooke
      May 21, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Andy!! Hahahha! We thought of y’all when we were working on this post! Come back soon!!!!
      AB

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