Holiday shopping, holiday traffic, holiday parties, holiday cooking, holiday this, and holiday that. This time of the year can be a well-rounded mayhem. And then just when you need a cocktail the most, you don’t have the 15 ingredients it calls for. Let’s go back to the simple life. Classy by name and taste, The Old Fashioned is for an individual who truly enjoys the taste of whiskey.

Originally, a bartender at the famous Pendennis Club in Louisville was the creator of The Old Fashioned back in the 1930’s. Some variations of the story say that the drink was made for a retired Civil War general who did not like his whiskey straight. Regardless, if you take anything away from this article, know that a sturdy Old Fashioned does not need dye #954 or a sugary soda to cover its tracks. If you see a bartender adding an acidic yellow liquid to your order, feel free to call them out.

2 ounces bourbon whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 splash water or Club soda
1 tsp sugar (two sugar cubes)
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange wedge

Mix sugar, water, and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a past using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cues, and stir.