Old Fashioned Drink Recipe

The Old Fashioned Drink recipe is effortless yet stately, with a simple mix of sugar, bitters and water to balance the best whiskey cocktail.

Old Fashioned Drink Recipe

Today, we’re learning how to make the old fashioned drink recipe! If you’re a lover of whiskey cocktails, this drink is right up your alley.

If you aren’t, you might just be persuaded with this simple and balanced cocktail.

What is an Old Fashioned Drink?

An Old Fashioned Drink is a whiskey cocktail made with whiskey, sugar, water, and Angostura bitters.

The Old Fashioned cocktail is made by stirring together bitters, sugar and water in an old fashioned glass, then topping with whiskey and ice and served with an orange slice and/or maraschino cherry garnish.

A hand adding an orange peel garnish to this Old Fashioned drink recipe

What is in an Old Fashioned Drink?

The Old Fashioned drink recipe is made with 4 simple ingredients and a garnish or two. Check out the simple, yet sophisticated ingredients list:

  • Sugar
  • Angostura bitters
  • Water
  • Whiskey – bourbon or rye


  • Orange slice or maraschino cherry
  • Or, an orange twist

How to Make an Old Fashioned Drink

First, add sugar and Angostura bitters to an old fashioned glass.

Two photos showing How to Make an Old Fashioned Drink Recipe – adding sugar and Angostura bitters to a cocktail glass

Next, top with water—this will help to dissolve the sugar.

Two photos showing How to Make an Old Fashioned Drink– adding water and stirring with a cocktail stirring spoon

Stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved, then add in a large ice cube.

Two photos showing How to Make an Old Fashioned – dropping an ice cube and adding whiskey to the cocktail

Pour the whiskey over the ice and stir with a stirring spoon until the whiskey is chilled.

Two photos showing How to Make this whiskey cocktail – stirring the cocktail and adding garnish

Finally, for the garnish you can:

  1. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry
  2. Or, squeeze an orange twist over the Old Fashioned to express the oils over the drink.

Sip and enjoy the Old Fashioned drink!


Is an Old Fashioned a Well Drink?

While not typically considered a well drink, an old fashioned could be considered a well drink if made with low cost, low-shelf whiskey.

How Many Calories in an Old Fashioned Drink?

For one serving, the old fashioned drink is approximately 158 calories.

Who Drinks an Old Fashioned?

Back in the 1800s, the Old Fashioned drink was served in Gentleman’s Clubs, so it was consumed by men with enough wealth and access to belong to one. Nowadays, it is said that those who enjoy and Old Fashioned are those with refined, polished tastes with an air of risk. [1]

How to Drink a Smoked Old Fashioned

A Smoked Old Fashioned is made by infusing smoke using either a smoking gun or smoked wood chips into the bourbon. To enjoy, infuse your Old Fashioned with smoke using either of the aforementioned methods, then garnish with an orange peel and enjoy. [2]

an Old Fashioned Drink served in an old fashioned glass

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An Old Fashioned Drink recipe served in a glass with a cherry and orange slice garnish

Old Fashioned Drink Recipe

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The Old Fashioned Drink is simple, yet stately with a simple mix of sugar, bitters and water to balance the best whiskey cocktail.



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Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 23 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 oz whiskey (bourbon or rye)


  • Orange slice and maraschino cherry
  • Or orange twist


  1. Add sugar and angostura bitters to an old fashioned glass. Then, top with water. Stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Add a large ice cube, then pour the whiskey over the ice.
  3. Using a stirring spoon, stir until well mixed and the whiskey is cold.
  4. Serve with an orange slice and maraschino cherry, or squeeze an orange twist between your thumb and index finger over the Old Fashioned, then use as garnish. Sip and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails, Drinks
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. It’s the perfect blend of flavors, with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. It’s a classic cocktail that never fails to impress. Cheers to the Old Fashioned!

  2. Loved this recipe! I’ve never been able to make an old fashioned quite right, but this one was delish! Thank you!