How to Make an Old Fashioned

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Invented in the 19th century and popularized during the Prohibition, the Old Fashioned is one of the most beloved cocktails on the planet. If we’ve learned anything from AMC’s Mad Men, it’s that an Old Fashioned is the perfect drink to order after a long day of drinking Old Fashioneds. In this video, Julia Brown of Paymaster Lounge in Portland, Oregon gives us her take on this hallowed cocktail. Here’s the best Old Fashioned recipe in the biz:


  • 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange peel twist
  • 1 cocktail cherry


Start by whipping out your peeler and making a nice, fat orange twist over the glass. Drop that bad boy in there. Toss in your sugar cube, and then give ‘er about three dashes of bitters. Next, bust out your muddler (you do have a muddler, right?) and mash everything up. Make the sugar cube into a mushy, granular paste with the bitters, and make sure to mash down on the orange peel to set some of those tasty oils loose. Pour in your bourbon, toss in some ice, stir, and you’re ready to go. The cherry is optional.

All that’s left to do is enjoy. Suit and high-powered advertising job optional.

Happy drinking!