Three Ways To Make An Old Fashioned


An Old Fashioned is a classic recipe that every bartender knows how to make. But just because they know how to make it, it doesn’t mean that they are all going to make it the same way. Some bartenders look for the easiest version of the recipe. Others stick to the one they feel is the best tasting, or the most original. Here are three common variations on the Old Fashioned, each with a slightly different flavor profile and made using a slightly different technique. If you like Old Fashioneds, it is worth experimenting with different variations so you can narrow down the options to the one that is your favorite. 


The Dale Degroff Recipe

Glassware: Old Fashioned Glass
Method: Muddle

2 oz. Rye Whiskey
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
1 Maraschino Cherry
1 Orange Slice
Splash of Water

In an old-fashioned glass add the sugar cube, two dashes of bitters, maraschino cherry, orange slice, and a splash of water. Muddle well until the sugar cube is dissolved.  Remove the orange rind, add the whiskey and top with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry. In the early 90’s, when I started drinking Old-Fashioneds, this recipe was the norm.

Old Fashioned Recipe 
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
2 – 4 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Splash of Soda Water

In an old-fashioned glass, add the sugar cube, bitters and splash of soda water and muddle well until the sugar is dissolved. Add the whiskey and fill with ice. Give it a stir and garnish with an orange peel.

Old Fashioned Recipe (with simple syrup)
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
2 – 4 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 tsp. Simple Syrup
1 Orange Peel

In an old fashioned glass, add the simple syrup, bitters, and whiskey.  Add ice, give it a stir, and garnish with an orange peel.

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