Clink Cocktails - The Old Fashioned – Clink Barware

You drink it, your dad drinks it and your dad's dad grew up drinking it! The Old Fashioned cocktail has been a staple in American bars and homes since the late 1800s. There are hundreds of ways to make them, and while many claim to have the best recipe, there is simply no wrong way to make one. At Clink, we won't claim to have the best, however, we will claim to have the easiest recipe. With only five ingredients and just a few steps, even the most inexperienced bar-back couldn't screw this up. All you're going to need is: 

Easy Old Fashioned Recipe

  • 2 - 2 ½ oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
  • ½ oz. simple syrup or 1 sugar cube muddled*  
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters 
  • 1 orange peel* 
  • Garnish with a Maraschino or bourbon glazed cherry (optional)
Ingredients for an old fashioned: From left to right - Jar of bourbon glazed cherries, mixing glass, Larceny Bourbon, Simple syrup, bitters, large metal spoon and an orange.

    Step One: Pour ½ oz. simple syrup into mixing glass.

    Bottle of simple syrup being poured into jigger.

    Step Two: Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura or flavored bitters.

    Bottle of bitters being dashed into mixing glass

    Step Three: Add large ice cube and 2 - 2 ½ oz. bourbon to mixing glass.

    Bourbon being poured out of jigger into mixing glass with other ingredients.

    Step Four:  Stir well to combine.

    Large spoon stirring bourbon, bitters, syrup and ice in a large mixing glass.

    Step Five: With a strainer, pour contents of mixer into glass with large ice cube.

    Contents of mixing glass being poured into whiskey glass over ice (on the rocks) with a strainer.

    Step Six: Garnish with orange peel* and cherry (optional)

    Step Seven: Sit back, relax and Clink to that!


    *Notes:  (1) If you don't have access to simple syrup, you can use a sugar cube or one teaspoon of raw cane sugar as a substitute. Just make sure you combine the bitters and sugar together, muddle it well to combine, and then add the ice and bourbon/whiskey. (2) For some added flavor, make sure you twist the orange peel over top of the glass before garnishing. This releases some of the oils and juices in the orange peel adding an element of citrus flavor and smell that enhances the cocktail. 


    We'll Clink To That!

    For a fun holiday twist, sub maple syrup for simple syrup / sugar and garnish with a slice of bacon!  


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