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Bourbon Old Fashioned

Enjoy a classic cocktail with the Bourbon Old Fashioned. Mix smooth bourbon, a touch of sugar, bitters, and orange peel for a nice drink. Perfect to sip and make your evening relaxed.

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How To Make It

Learn to make a classic Old Fashioned with these step-by-step instructions.


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 1 orange peel for garnish
  • 1 brandied cherry for garnish


  1. Add sugar to a mixing glass.
old fashioned sugar in mixing glass

2. Add three to four dashes of angostura bitters.

adding bitters to old fashioned mix

3. Measure and pour in 2 ounces of bourbon into mixing glass

pouring bourbon into mixing glass for old fashioned

4. Add ice and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the drink is diluted.

stirring old fashioned cocktail

5. Strain and pour your cocktail into an old fashioned glass with one large ice cube.

pouring an old fashioned into an old fashioned glass

6. Express an orange peel along the edge of the glass and add to glass as a garnish, along with a cocktail cherry.

adding cocktail cherry for old fashioned garnish

7. Enjoy!

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Bourbon Old Fashioned

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.7 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon Old Fashioned
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
The Bourbon Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail, but bourbon lends a sweeter taste. Here is the cocktail recipe you need to make this drink on your own.


  • Add sugar and bitters to a rocks glass and stir
  • Add a few large ice cubes, add bourbon and stir
  • Rub orange peel around glass rim then drop into the glass
  • Add brandied cherry as garnish
  • Serve and enjoy
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Bourbon Old Fashioned
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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