Classic Old-Fashioned

Classic Old-Fashioned

At This & That Kitchen, we see the Old-Fashioned as the quintessential cocktail, a straightforward combination of bourbon, sugar, and bitters that results in a drink that embodies the perfect balance of sweet, strong, spicy, and aromatic! That is exactly why - no matter how many new and unique cocktails we try - the Old-Fashioned remains one of our absolute favorites! And because we hold this cocktail in such high regard, we have worked long and hard to perfect our recipe for the classic Old-Fashioned. Whether you’re spending a Saturday afternoon with friends or an evening curled up on the couch with your favorite novel, we believe that anytime is the right time for an Old-Fashioned!


For Cocktail:

For Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar (we use cane sugar!)
  • 1 cup water


  1. To make simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring periodically to dissolve the sugar. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until sugar is fully dissolved. Let the syrup cool completely, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate - if stored properly, the syrup should keep for up to a month!

  2. Combine bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Tip: If you don't have a mixing glass, a pint glass works just as well! 

  3. Stir and strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube.

  4. Garnish with orange and lemon peels. Tip: Instead of just placing the peels in your glass, pinch or gently twist each over the glass (which releases oils from the peel) and rub each peel around the rim of the glass before dropping it in!

  5. Enjoy!


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