One of the oldest cocktails in the book (no really, there is a book), is the aptly-named Old Fashioned. Depending on who you ask, the classic drink was the brainchild of a bartender in Chicago or a distiller in Louisville, but either way, it’s become a staple at bars around the world. 

As a result, everybody’s got their own version. The basics are simple, tasty, and make for a sophisticated drink that will impress. 

How to Make an Old Fashioned (the old fashioned way) 

You’ll need:

  • Two ounces of your whiskey of choice
  • A cube of sugar* 
  • Three dashes of bitters 
  • An orange peel for garnish 

Step 1: At the bottom of your glass, muddle the sugar and the bitters.

Step 2: Fill the glass with ice. 

Step 3: Add the whiskey.

Step 4: Garnish with the orange peel. 

*Note: New-fangled recipes will call for simple syrup instead of sugar, but that’s just not as fun. 

Have your own twist on this classic cocktail? Fill us in on your secrets in the comments section below!