Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Old Fashioned

Day 104

Old Fashioned
3 shots out of 5

Tonight I'm turning back the clock to make a cocktail that our Grandparents.......probably even their parents enjoyed to sip on.  

This cocktail was so popular, the cocktail glass that they made it in became named after it.

I gave tonight's cocktail 3 shots out of 5.  

I was torn on how to rate this cocktail.  I'm not a straight whiskey fan by far......I initially thought of giving it a 2.5.  

If I had a bigger taste for whiskey it would have gotten a much higher rating.  

I did like it more then a 2.5 if I took little sips (which if you know me, that's something I "rarely" do).  

I think this cocktail is supposed to be sipped in little sips (the way I'm sipping it), therefore I decided to rate it a 3.  

I had a great Memorial weekend with my family and my folks and got talking with my mom about my blog and she had asked me if I had done a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and a couple other older cocktail that I can't remember.  

It got me to thinking that I need to throw some "classic" cocktails in there from time to time.

Here is a photo of the end result:

Here is a photo of the ingredients:

Here is the recipe for an Old Fashioned:

  • 1 cube of sugar (or 1 tsp. if you don't have a cube.........I didn't have a cube)
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters (I had bitters that were similar to Angostura)
  • 2 ounces of whiskey (just under a shot and a half)
  • dash of club soda (a little less then 1/4 shot)
  • 3 ice cubes
In a short cocktail glass pour in your sugar, then put your dashes of bitters on top.  Pour in your club soda and muddle them together.  Put in your ice cubes, then your whiskey and stir real well.

Here's to taking a step back and enjoying a cocktail that my Grandpa used to enjoy.


The Cocktail Lady
Cocktail Lady
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Hello! My name is Jen and I am The Cocktail Lady. I am a married mom of 4 who loves creating and trying new cocktails.


  1. fyi an old fashioned is well known to have a cherry and an orange muddled in the bottom with your bitters and sugar... its one of the few drinks (along with a mojito) that requires a muddler. love the blog though, keep up the dream! cheers

    1. Thank You for your comment! I did see one recipe where they muddles the orange peel in with the sugar and bitters, but never a cherry. That makes the cocktail sound even better! Most of the recipes I saw (as well as the one my mom told me that my Grandpa used to enjoy) didn't have those, but they did have a lemon peel twisted on top as a garnish. I think if ever I do try this cocktail again, I am absolutely going to use your orange and cherry ingredients when I muddle the sugar and bitters. Thanks again! Cheers!!

  2. Enjoy your site - very informative. But your Old Fashioned recipe is completely off. A proper Old Fashioned is:

    Bitters, orange peel, and sugar muddled in a glass. Then add 2 oz of Rye or Bourbon, ice, and stir.

    A proper Old Fashioned NEVER has Club Soda or Cherry. Those items ruin the drink.

    1. Hello PimpDaddy! Thank You for your comment! So basically I should have left out the club soda and added the orange peel in with the muddled items. That would have changed the flavor of the cocktail a bit. Well I guess my grandpa sure didn't drink it the way most people did =) Cheers!!

    2. I would also use Maker's Mark rather than Jameson - will make a world of difference. Enjoy!