Muddling Sugars with Bitters, it’s the “Old Fashioned” way!

The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, popularly whiskey or bourbon and sometimes brandy with a twist of citrus rind. Happy National Bourbon Day!

The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, popularly whiskey but sometimes brandy and finally a twist of citrus rind. It is traditionally served in a short, round, tumbler-like glass, which is called an Old Fashioned glass, after the drink.

The Old Fashioned, developed during the 19th century and given its name in the 1880s, is an IBA Official Cocktail. It is also one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

George Kappeler provides several of the earliest published recipes for Old Fashioned cocktails in his 1895 book. Recipes are given for Whiskey, Brandy, Holland gin, and Old Tom gin. The Whiskey Old Fashioned recipe specifies the following (with a jigger being 2 US fluid ounces (59 ml)):

Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

  • Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass
  • add two dashes Angostura bitters
  • a small piece of ice, a piece of lemon-peel
  • one jigger whiskey
  • mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass

Happy National Bourbon Day! (Whiskey Day and Brandy Day too!)