Classic Old Fashioned

With the reemergence of whiskey, bourbon and rye and the “hip” liquors of the moment, the Classic Old Fashioned is spotted on cocktail menus all over the city. And while it can be made with any brown liquor, we prefer the whiskey version.

Classic Old Fashioned Drink Recipe


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Club soda


  1. Place the sugar cube in an Old-Fashioned glass
  2. Add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda
  3. Crush the sugar cube with a muddler or spoon
  4. Add in whiskey, stir.

History of the Classic Old-Fashioned

The first use of the name Old-Fashioned for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky, invented by a bartender at the club in honor of a prominent bourbon distiller who brought it to NYC’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel bar. The cocktail later caught on in other city’s and at once became a manly man’s beverage and what your grandmother sipped. Made with a variety of liquors – whiskey, bourbon and rye and the most obvious but some use cognacs, tequila or even gin – the Old-Fashioned has established itself as one of America’s iconic cocktails.


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