The Old-Fashioned

Getting down with the original cocktail recipe


Rye whisky and bitters, sugar and soda, ice and a glass. That's all you'll need to create a perfect Old-Fashioned, the world's oldest living cocktail (as rumor has it, an Old-Fashioned-esque recipe was the first to earn the term.)

You can swap the rye for bourbon, if you so desire, but don't bother muddling any fruit -- according to cocktail historian Dave Wondrich, that's a mask-the-bad-liquor practice from the days of Prohibition.


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  • Snooth User: Mark Angelillo
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    I had one of these yesterday. Very nice drink. Usually when I make them I muddle an orange slice in the glass with the sugar.

    Jun 09, 2010 at 12:40 PM

  • Snooth User: Philip James
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    Wait - how much club soda? The only time's I've ever had them they've been deadly strong...

    Jun 09, 2010 at 12:45 PM

  • Snooth User: nvansicklen
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    My trick is Splenda.

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

  • Snooth User: Mark Angelillo
    Founding Member Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Just a splash of club soda, I think. It's usually pretty strong, yeah.

    Jun 11, 2010 at 12:49 PM

  • Snooth User: yarito
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    this is a strong cocktail just like the zasirac from new orleans

    Jun 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM

  • Snooth User: dane s
    498189 14

    I personally don't like much club soda, sometimes I even forgo it altogether. We used to do a variation called a peach old fashioned; made with a homemade peach infused bourbon. Severed with a fresh slice of peach, it went down a treat.

    Jun 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM

  • Sorry, guys; I have to go with the fresh orange slice and maraschino cherry muddled with the the rye and sugar. The club soda is just a topper, and if you're feeling rich, you can sub champagne.

    Jun 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM

  • I drink this made with either rye or Canadian whiskey (CC, Crown or Collingwood). I throw the sugar cube in the glass, add several healthy dashes of bitters, and about a finger of club soda. Swirl around until mixed, add ice, 1.5 - 2oz of booze and top with club soda. Stir and drink. Greatest cocktail ever.

    Jun 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

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