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Today, I’m breaking in my home bar by making a timeless cocktail, the Old Fashioned. I wanted to share a recipe that’s classic, delicious and made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand, perfect for home cocktailing. Did you know that the Old Fashioned dates back to the early 1800s? The cocktail was first created in Louisville, Kentucky, and has been made with ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters since inception.
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The traditional Old Fashioned is built in a rocks glass and combines bourbon or rye whiskey, sugar, ice, ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters, and a citrus peel, but there are countless delicious twists on the timeless recipe, Using an array of spirits, liqueurs, and garnishes, you can achieve a variety of flavor profiles., No matter how you drink your Old Fashioned, one thing remains consistent – it’s not an Old Fashioned without ANGOSTURA bitters! This essential ingredient provides balance and complexity to the iconic Old Fashioned, layering flavors for a deliciously smooth drink.
I’ve featured ANGOSTURA bitters several times on the blog (Queen’s Park Swizzle, Winter Baked Oatmeal, and Mini Rose Apple Pies) – its famous for its role in a number of cocktails, from classic to contemporary to tiki drinks, but it’s perhaps best known as a staple in the classic Old Fashioned. Simply put, an Old Fashioned cannot exist without ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters.
You can purchase ANGOSTURA® aromatic and orange bitters at your local grocery stores and liquor retailers nationwide, as well as online. Check out ANGOSTURAbitters.com, for more simple recipes to upgrade your next at-home happy hour.
This version of the Old Fashioned adds ANGOSTURA orange bitters and opts for Demerara simple syrup in place of the standard sugar cube.
ANGOSTURA OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS
- 2 oz Bourbon
- ¼ oz Demerara syrup*
- Splash of water
- 2 dashes ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
- 1 dash ANGOSTURA orange bitters
To make Demerara syrup: 1 part Demerara sugar, 1 part hot water. Stir to dissolve.
ANGOSTURA OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL RECIPE STEP-BY-STEP
STEP ONE: POUR BOURBON
Let’s start with a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Whiskey, scotch and other straight liquors over ice are always served in a rocks glass.
Pick your favorite bourbon and measure out 2 oz in a cocktail jigger. Pour over the ice cube.
STEP TWO: Add Demerara syrup
Add ¼ oz of Demerara simple syrup. You can make your own by combining 1 part Demerara sugar and 1 part hot water, and then stirring to dissolve (follow same steps for alternate classic simple syrup referenced above).
Most cocktails call for simple syrup, and this was my first time learning about Demerara simple syrup. Demerara syrup is a rich, flavored syrup that stands up better to strong spirits like bourbon and goes great in tiki cocktails. This golden-hued syrup also adds a slight caramel flavor to cocktails that perfectly complements a classic Old Fashioned.
STEP THREE: ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
Add two dashes of ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters.
ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters has a reddish-brown hue with an aromatic bouquet of herbs, fruits and spices on the nose, stemming from the bitters’ powerful mix of botanicals.
STEP FOUR: ANGOSTURA orange bitters
Add one dash of ANGOSTURA orange bitters.
ANGOSTURA orange bitters is a complex blend of tropical citrus oils and spices that adds flavor to vodka, gin, vermouth, whiskey and rum. It adds a slightly spicy, tangy note to the Old Fashioned!
STEP FIVE: ADD WATER & STIR
Add just a splash of cold water, then stir with a bar spoon and a large ice cube to incorporate ingredients.
STEP SIX: ORANGE PEEL
Bartender’s trick: Take the orange peel and fold in half over the cocktail to express the orange oils into the cocktail. Then, wipe the rim of the glass with the orange peel and add it to the glass.
Alternatively, you could make it an orange twist.
This is just one of many ways to make an Old Fashioned. You can combine a couple of dashes of ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters and a sugar cube, and muddle until a paste forms, but that requires straining into a rocks glass. Some recipes even call for a splash of club soda. In its most basic form, a cocktail is an Old Fashioned if it contains a spirit (rum, whiskey, gin, you name it), water (ice, regular water, club soda or some combination), sugar (cube or syrup of any kind) and ANGOSTURA bitters.
So ,if you’re low on bourbon or simply prefer a different spirit, you can mix and match variations of these elements and get playful with garnishes to create a personal spin on the Old Fashioned.