A real staple in the history of cocktail making. The Old Fashioned has been made and enjoyed by whisky lovers for over 200 years. While the name didn't come to be until the 1870s, the Old Fashioned is believed to be the oldest cocktail recipe in the world. Charming, elegant, and effortless, the Old Fashioned remains one of the most globally beloved cocktails after all these years.

Known for its simplicity, the Old Fashioned consists of just four key ingredients - whisky, water, sugar, and bitters. Sugar and water were added to spirits to take some of the burn away, and bitters were added as they were believed to be somewhat of a hangover cure.

Ready to try your hand at making one yourself? Follow our simple recipe to make a top-notch Old Fashioned!


2 dashes Angostura bitters

2tsp simple syrup

60ml whisky

Cubed ice

Orange peel to garnish


  1. Add the simple syrup, bitters and ice cubes to a tumbler and stir.
  2. Add your chosen whisky then stir again.
  3. Run the orange peel around the rim of your glass then add to your drink to garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

You can use any whisky that you like when making an Old Fashioned. As whisky is the main ingredient in this cocktail, we would recommend using one of your favourite expressions as it will be at the forefront of the dram.

If you're looking for inspiration, we would recommend either Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Jim Beam Double Oak, or Knob Creek 9 Year Old. These are all fabulous Kentucky whiskeys which are perfectly fitting for an Old Fashioned as the drink is believed to have originated in Louisville, Kentucky in the early 1800s!