Created on July 5, 2023

Are you looking to learn how to make an Old Fashioned cocktail? Look no further! In this quick and easy guide, we'll show you how to create the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail right at home. Made with bourbon or rye whiskey, a touch of sweetness, and aromatic bitters, the Old Fashioned is a classic and timeless drink that never goes out of style. Follow our step-by-step instructions to craft this iconic cocktail and impress your friends with your mixology skills. Cheers!

Old fashioned cocktail with ice cube in a rocks glass in a nice bar


  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey or Bourbon
  • 1 Sugar Cube or 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 4 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Orange Twist (for garnish)
  • 1 Cherry (for garnish)


  1. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of the glass, and add the bitters directly onto the sugar.
  2. Gently muddle until the sugar mostly dissolves and forms a paste.
  3. Add a large ice cube, followed by the whiskey.
  4. Stir slowly and consistently for 20-30 seconds to chill the drink
  5. Squeeze the orange twist over the glass to release the oils, run it around the rim of the glass, then put it in the drink.
  6. Add the cherry and enjoy!


  • You can use any size ice cubes, but large ice cubes will dilute the drink more slowly.

  • Feel free to customize the garnish by adding a lemon twist, a dash of cherry juice, or even a few drops of aromatic bitters on top.

  • If you don't want to muddle, or don't want to use sugar, simple syrup will provide a smooth cocktail experience.

What Is An Old Fashioned Cocktail Made Of?

The Old Fashioned cocktail is crafted with just a few simple ingredients that come together to create a flavor experience like no other. To make an authentic Old Fashioned, you'll need whiskey, sugar, and bitters.

Best Whiskey For An Old Fashioned

Whiskey brings depth and character to the drink. Bourbon is the traditional choice, with its smooth and slightly sweet profile. Rye whiskey offers a spicier and drier taste, perfect for those who prefer a bolder flavor.

Best Sugar For An Old Fashioned

Traditionally, a sugar cube is used, but you can also opt for granulated sugar or simple syrup. We've found Demerara sugar is the best for the Old Fashioned, due to it's caramel-like flavor, as well as the larger granules. This makes the sugar dissolve slower, allowing the drink to evolve as you drink it.

Best Bitters For An Old Fashioned

Angostura bitters is the traditional choice for the Old Fashioned, as it dates back to the early 19th century. It's used because it is widely accessible, and due to the well-balanced combination of herbal, citrus, and spice flavors it has to offer.