Here we go again, another classic cocktail! Bourbon happens to be a huge favorite in my household, so I figured it was time to mix up one of the most well-known bourbon cocktails in mixology, a Classic Old Fashioned. This timeless drink has been around for over a century and is known for its simplicity and sophisticated taste.
The Classic Old Fashioned is a spirit-forward cocktail with a majority of its flavor stemming from the bourbon. This is a mixture for those who appreciate cocktails on the stronger side, like myself. The recipe itself is made up of four basic ingredients, so let’s get this classic sipper going!
The Classic Old Fashioned has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s when it was originally known as the “Whiskey Cocktail.” Over time, bartenders began experimenting with different spirits and mixers, but the fundamental recipe for this beloved cocktail remained the same: sugar, bitters, and bourbon/whiskey. To maintain the integrity of this timeless drink, it was important that I stick to the traditional recipe.
To make the perfect Classic Old Fashioned, start with a high-quality bourbon that you enjoy sipping on its own, since the recipe is really focused around the spirit itself. The sweetness in this cocktail comes from a sugar cube and a dash of bitters, while a twist of citrus peel adds a subtle zestiness to the mix.
One of the things that sets the Classic Old Fashioned apart is the way it’s made. It’s a true “cocktail” in the original sense of the word, meaning a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. The ingredients are muddled together in the glass, which allows you to fully experience the unique flavors of the bourbon, sugar, and bitters in every sip.
Step 1: Add the sugar and bitters into a mixing glass, then add the water, and muddle until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
Step 2: Fill the mixing glass with ice, add the bourbon, and stir until well-chilled.
Step 3: Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube.
The Classic Old Fashioned is a timeless cocktail that’s perfect for sipping and savoring. With its rich flavor profile and elegant simplicity, it’s easy to see why this drink one of the most popular in the world. It’s a cocktail that you can mix up in less than a minute, making an ideal at-home recipe. Pick up your favorite bourbon and mix yourself up an Old Fashioned this evening!