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Sometimes you have to go back to the basics. No frozen slushy margarita or ultra sweet bellini. Just a good tasting cocktail that celebrates the flavour of the base liquor. So I made us Old Fashioned Cocktails.

Old Fashioned is a cocktail that dates back to the eighteen hundreds. It is such a basic cocktail that a glass is named after it. It is also easy to make and delicious.

The recipe is at the end of this post.

I put the sugar in an old fashioned glass (a small tumbler). I shook 3 dashes of bitters onto the sugar. I added a teaspoon of water and stirred to dissolve the sugar. Add 2 ounces of a decent whiskey.

This is not the place to go cheap. ¬†You should use a quality whiskey but don’t buy the most expensive, you will be mixing it. I went with Crown Royal as I like its flavour.

Old Fashioned 1

Add two ice cubes and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Old Fashioned 3


The Verdict

This is a great cocktail. It takes me back to the days when cocktails were strong and flavourful. You sat and sipped them with friends over conversation. If you want fizzy or sweet stay away. If you want whiskey with a touch of sour and a touch of sweet, make this and enjoy it.

The Old Fat Guy.

Old Fashioned Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink

Old Fashioned Cocktail


  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 ounces whiskey (I used Crown Royal)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • maraschino cherry
  • orange slice


  1. Put sugar into the bottom of an old fashioned glass.
  2. Shake 3 dashes bitters over the sugar.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon water and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add 2 ounces of whiskey.
  5. Add 2 ice cubes.
  6. Garnish with cherry and orange slice.
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6 Responses

  1. I have a friend that loves Old Fashioneds. Though instead of sugar he adds a little cherry syrup and a cherry from a jar of Amarena Toschi Italian Black Cherries in Syrup. He swears by it.

  2. Decent is the key word, and you picked a great one “Crown Royal” Brings back many memories, as I haven’t had one for a long time. I’ll be right over!!!!

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