Food and Drink

Flavours of the States: Old Fashioned cocktail recipe

Rebecca Harley

15th March 2024

Old Fashioned cocktail garnished with a cherry served on a tray with slices of orange

how to make an old fashioned cocktail

Enjoy this dark and delicious classic, which may or may not have been invented in Louisville, Kentucky (depending on which story version you hear). The drink we enjoy today has evolved over the years from an early mixed drink called the Whiskey Cocktail which was first created in the 1700’s.

Prep: 5 minutes
Recipe serves: 1


  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1-2 dashes of bitters
  • Splash of water
  • Ice
  • 60ml scotch whisky or bourbon
  • Garnish: slice of orange and a cherry



  • Add the sugar, bitters and water into a mixing glass and stir until the sugar dissolves
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice, add the whisky, and stir until well-chilled
  • Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry


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