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The Old-Fashioned cocktail is so old that 100 years ago they still called it an Old-Fashioned. A lot of classic cocktails were invented in the 19th century. We’re talking 18th century. So it’s definitely earned its name. We’re going to start with two ounces of rye whiskey, rye not bourbon, in this case. Because I think it tastes better, bourbon is a little sweeter, and rye is also what they used back in the 19th century. It was much more popular then. For our sweetener we’re going to use a little bit of simple syrup. You could also muddle a sugar cube if you want. I just think this mixes better.

Just bar spoon of that, not too much or it’s going to get way too sweet. Two dashes of angostura bitters and two dashes or orange bitters, which are a little harder to find, but they are available at some specialty stores and I think they’re really important in making a great Old-Fashioned. You can make a good Old-Fashioned without them two dashes, but not a great one, for my money anyway. Now you notice I’m not going to muddle anything in this drink. I’m just going to stir it the way it is right now.

The muddling of the orange and the cherry was something that came about in the 20th century in the ’50’s post-Prohibition. A lot of stuff got changed around in Prohibition. People forgot how to make certain drinks, taste’s changed, so I’m not saying that’s a bad drink. I just don’t think that’s the most classic way to make it and I prefer it this way. So we’re stirring it the way it is. All right, let’s get our ice, and I’m going to get my frozen glass, and the Old-Fashioned is served on the rocks. And because it’s all spirit, and we’re going to sip this drink, it’s a really stiff drink.

We don’t like those ice cubes to be really small, because they melt really fast. They dilute the drink too much. Give it a nice stir there. So what I did was I took a muffin tin and I put some water in that and made these big giant ice cubes. So it keeps the drink cold, but doesn’t dilute it too much. It doesn’t get too watery. The perfect balance of both worlds. All right, let me grab that ice. Tell me that doesn’t look awesome. All right, that should be good enough. And now we’re going to garnish this, as we strain it over our nice hockey puck, with a lemon peel and an orange peel.

That’s the only fruit we’re going to put in this. I think maybe that’s how the orange and cherry muddling thing started to make it’s way into an Old-Fashioned. They used to put peels on them, and then maybe people started putting the whole fruit in them, I don’t know not recommended. So holding the pith towards us, the white part towards us, and just squeezing gently the oils out into the glass. As there’s the lemon and drop them in there, and there you go. It may not be how Don Draper makes it, but it’s probably how George Washington did the classic Old-Fashioned.


Matt S says:

Doesn’t the use of simple syrup make the cocktail syrupy sweet? Like drinking a fruit cocktail. I think I’ll stick to muddling cocktail sugar cubes instead

Michael Georgizas says:

Looks good! I’d try it with both peels but likely re-vert back to one or the other.

Mrbink01 says:

This would not go over well here in Wisconsin…

Tom Rogers says:

I prefer the single cherry and orange wedge in mine for aesthetic reasons, otherwise he made it how I like it.

Stephen H says:

I have silicone bakewares…and I thought I was the only one that made ice cubes using a muffin tin….

Sanskar Wagley says:

Ordered an old fashioned recently, and the bartender shook it

gantonow says:

that measurement of rye whiskey was 1.5 ounces not two.

Jan N says:

Yeah.. but Don Draper makes the old fashioned look good. Lol

Brett Adams says:

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lyleskipberry says:

I love Old Fashioneds and this video is my gold standard for making them. Thank you for making this video and teaching me how to make a great Old Fashioned….and I agree…the Orange Bitters are KEY!

That said, one thing about this video had made me scratch my head for years….I have never figured out why, when you are putting ice into the mixing glas, you grab the ice with your hand…put it in the metal cup, then tip the ice into the mixing glass…using your hand to control the ice as it falls into the mixing glass. What is the point of putting it in the metal cup then pouring it into the mixing glass???

Why not just put the ice straight into the mixing glass??? (which is what I do)

But I love this video (and all your other drink mix videos) anyway 🙂

Eisenhower303 says:

To make this old fashioned even more authentic, I like to contract a dash of syphilis before making it

kodeki says:

Can you use agave syrup instead of simple syrup?

therodiaX says:

Is there even any right way to make an old fashioned? I feel like any tutorial or any video showing you how to make one will get a good amount of people hating on it saying “no that’s not an old fashioned… THIS is how you make it” whether it’s muddle the fruit, don’t muddle the fruit, use a cube, use a brown cube, use bourbon, no use rye, use a lemon peel, don’t use a lemon feel. I mean I think it’s safe to say everyone has there own version of this cocktail.

Jerad Williams says:

Thank you

skivvy9yo says:

what does anyone think of whisky stones?

robertk2007 says:

flame the orange peel releases the oils

Timon Fokuhl says:

Will someone come and murder me if I try this with scotch? Does it make a huge difference in taste to a newbie?

Eisenhower303 says:

To make an authentic old fashioned, the way they used to make them, I have my african slave make it for me.

Micheal Ramilo says:

“prohibition” lol

Taco Percy says:

For the Measurements:
2 ounces Rye Whiskey
1 bar spoon of simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Orange Bitters
as garnish: orange peel, I think.

headknocker2020 says:

First problem: using rye whiskey instead of bourbon, he mentioned that bourbon is too sweet but if that was the case then just put less simple syrup in your recipe. Second problem: why the hell are you putting in orange bitters when you garnish it with an orange, too much orange. Third: the orange rind. Does not compliment the taste of a true old fashioned as well as lemon rind. Watch the old fashioned tutorial from Follow The Litre, that’s how it should be done.

wildernessman says:

I prefer to mix everything in a shaker tin muddle a cherry and orange wedge to get the juices out and oils from the peal shake on ice 20 sec. Then strain into a chilled glass with a large ice puck while everything else you mentioned stays the same. Try it and enjoy!

Guy Incognito says:

I like mine with pure maple syrup and I also flame the orange. Try it yourself! Great drink!

SuperBartender says:

I love making Old Fashioned’s

Eve Harlowe says:

I’ll take Don Drapers Old Fashioned

Eurus 21 says:

this is not a old fasion if you use liquid sugar and orange olready in a bottle, you need to use a real orange peel and real sugar cube.

Toni Harrison says:

I don’t like this hipster way to make a classic drink. Use the orange and cherry and muddle away!

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Josean Zhao says:

ur mama is so old she invented the old fashioned!!!

Bacchus Lounge says:

Check out how we make our Old Fashioned!

Peter Fountotos says:

While this method is OK, stirring the mixture in ice cubes helps tame the drink a bit while making it nice and cold. No lemon peel either.

MerkinMuffly says:

Use a teaspoon of brown sugar instead of simple sugar. My favorite rye to use is Crown Royal Northern Harvest, but I’m on a budget so use Old Overholdt most weeks. If you don’t have Luxardo cherries don’t bother with the nasty Maraschino ones at the store.

Samuel Garcia says:

Oh that’s fine just man handle the ice in my drink with your filthy hands

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