How to make an Old Fashioned cocktail

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Alice Piper

Posted November 22, 2021

Dating back to 1862, this classic cocktail will impress any guest. 

For many people, the Old Fashioned cocktail is the drink that sets the tone in any bar. The better a bartender makes the classics like the Old Fashioned, the better they make everything else on the drinks menu. 

But just how old is the Old Fashioned?  
Well, that’s up for a little debate, but according to cocktail folklore, it all started in 1862 in Louisville, Kentucky where bartender James E. Pepper invented the drink at The Pendennis Club, before taking it further afield to New York City. 

Since then, this classic cocktail has stood the test of time, being served in bars all over the world with slight variations here and there depending on the drinker’s preference. 

Our friends at Bourke Street Green have put together the below video to help you perfect this cocktail for your next dinner party, or after-work treat. 

Just grab these ingredients and enjoy!

  • Sour Mash Old Fashioned Recipe 
  • Michter’s Sour Mash 60ml 
  • 4 drops of Peach bitters 
  • Stir in mixing glass for approx. 15 seconds until you get the dilution that you like
  • Strain over large ice cubes in an Old Fashioned glass

TIP: If you’re using Whiskey that is not as sweet as American-made corn-based Whiskeys, soak half a sugar cube in bitters at the base of your glass. Then, crush up the sugar before adding in your preferred whiskey.

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