How to Make an Old Fashioned That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

An old fashioned is one of the most iconic cocktails out there. An old fashioned doesn’t just make you feel like a millionaire, it actually tastes like one too! But, making an old fashioned is not always as easy as it looks when you’re watching the bartender whip one up at your favorite bar. To make sure you never end up with an old fashioned that’s anything less than satisfying, follow these tips to ensure your cocktail comes out right every time.

Ingredients needed

2 teaspoons of white sugar; 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar; 3 dashes of Angostura bitters; 2 ounces of rye whiskey (or any other whiskey you have at home). A cocktail glass. Ice cubes. A shaker. A strainer.

Mixing methods

The old fashioned is a whiskey cocktail and you can’t just add your ingredients together and stir. You need to layer it so that it’s properly made. Start by muddling fresh fruit in your glass (or using a sugar cube) until it’s bruised up and juicy. Then, add ice, sugar and bitters.

This will be Layer One of your drink. Next, pour in whiskey until you have about 1/4 of space left in your glass; then add more ice to create Layer Two, on top of Layer One. Now you’re ready for some aromatics: take a citrus peel (half an orange works well) and rub around the inside rim of your glass before dropping into bottom of glass over ice from Layers 1 & 2. Finally, fill with club soda or seltzer water to finish off your drink. And voila! An old fashioned!

The garnish

The traditional garnish for an old fashioned is a muddled orange slice, but that’s not your only option. A new twist can help add some extra flavor and pizazz. Try adding fresh mint or a splash of bitters, which are made from a mixture of citrus fruits, herbs, roots and bark. Drop in one or two dashes of Angostura bitters — they’re made with gentian root and have lots of spicy flavor — or orange bitters, which taste strongly of citrus. Add enough so that you don’t miss seeing an orange wedge sitting on top; you want just enough for its essence to show through. You could also try using a cinnamon stick instead of (or in addition to) an orange slice.

Alternative ways to serve it

Besides using a traditional glass, old-fashioneds can be served over ice or in wine glasses. The main purpose is just to chill and dilute it with water. If you want to make it on special occasions, you can use crushed ice instead of cubes or even add some vanilla extract for extra flavor.

It’s also common for people to mix old-fashioneds with other spirits like whiskey, gin or vodka. They key is making sure that your drink has a high enough alcohol content so that adding any more will end up watering down your cocktail too much. Making old-fashioneds is also great practice if you’re learning how to bartend because they aren’t very difficult and require only a few ingredients and supplies. Once you get comfortable mixing them, try out new variations by trying different liquors or fruits. For example, if you don’t have maraschino cherries at home but do have cranberries, try substituting them in!

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