The old fashioned cocktail recipe combines whiskey, bitters and a sugar cube. Every one of these elements plays an important role in the drink.
In that sense, making the best old fashioned cocktail relies on proportions. You want to be able to taste everything. You’re not drinking a neat whiskey, and you’re not drinking syrup.
An important thing you want to mind with the old fashioned is whiskey choice. Though it’s a sugary treat, it’s more whiskey than sugar. And it’s a historic favorite you don’t want to serve your friends half-assed.
Make sure you get that top-shelf bourbon or rye whiskey for the best old fashioned. Rye and bourbon are fairly similar, but they have important differences in flavor that can change the old fashioned cocktail recipe.What’s the Difference Between Rye and Bourbon?
Bourbon is made of mostly corn. Rye is made of mostly rye. Bourbon is known to be more on the sweet side, from the corn mash. Rye, on the other hand, tends to be drier and spicier.
If you’ve ever had them confused – don’t worry, you’re not alone. Aside from those ingredient differences, the standards for making them almost identical.
Whichever whiskey you decide to use, you want this to seem like a glass of whiskey with a slight flavor upgrade.
But again, don’t take that lightly. The old fashioned is a serious cocktail with a deep history – it’s about 200 years old, in fact. It’s on of the earliest cocktails in existence!
That’s probably why everyone’s loved the classic old fashioned recipe for centuries.
The old fashioned is also the favorite drink of Mad Men character Don Draper. The show is arguably responsible, in part, for the craft cocktail revival of the early 2000s.
For good measure, we included some of this cocktail’s whiskey cousins in this collection: the Manhattan, Mint Julep, and some fruity spins.
Cody’s Old Fashioned
The Cody's Old Fashion is one of those relatively simple mixology drinks that even novices can get right without much practice.
Not Your Mama’s Old Fashioned
The Not Your Mama's Old Fashioned is a bomb-ass twist on the classic old fashioned cocktail recipe, trust us.
Pomegranate Old Fashioned
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PB & J Old Fashioned
Green Tea Shot
Go green with this Irish whiskey shot! Even though this Green Tea Shot doesn't actually contain green tea, it still somehow tastes as if it does.
420 Liquid Marijuana Jungle Juice
Get litty with this tropical melon rum punch recipe!
Pink Panty Dropper Punch
This beerified vodka lemonade will have you holding on to your panties. So grab a glass and sip on this perfect pink vodka punch recipe.
This berry vodka mixed drink is way tastier than the name suggests. Hydrate while you drink by combining vodka, Triple Sec, Mixed Berry Powerade, and lemon lime soda.
This luscious-tasting lagoon cocktail combines vodka, Blue Curaçao, lemonade, and lime juice.
Taste the Rainbow
Taste the rainbow with this colorful fruity layered vodka cocktail recipe.
Captain on Acid Shot
Whip up one or a few of these layered coconut rum shots. With pineapple juice, grenadine, and blue curacao, it’s one colorful shooter recipe.
Jamaican Rum Punch
This classic rum punch recipe is heavy on the punch with three types of rum, tropical fruit juices, and a splash of grenadine.
This classic tropical cocktail will have you feeling like its namesake with three types of rum, apricot brandy, pineapple and citrus juice, and a touch of grenadine.
With one side a strawberry daiquiri and the other a creamy pina colada, you can have the best of both worlds with this 2-in-1 fruity frozen cocktail.