Old fashioned cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 10 minutes
Serves as many as you like     adjust servings

The very ultimate in old fashioned cocktails! A classic for a reason.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • Orange bitters
  • Cherry bitters
  • Four Roses Small Batch bourbon
  • Large ice cube tray
  • Old fashioned cocktail glasses


    To make simple syrup:

    1. Bring 1/2 cup water (filtered, please) to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat.
    2. Add 1/2 cup demerara sugar and stir to dissolve sugar. (I turn the heat off after the first 10-15 seconds of stirring, because the boiling water will melt the sugar the rest of the way.)
    3. Stir until completely dissolved, then remove from heat and let cool completely.
    4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

    To make cocktail:

    1. Add about 1 tablespoon of simple syrup to an old-fashioned glass.
    2. Sprinkle in a couple of drops of cherry bitters and a couple of drops of orange bitters. (My husband does equal parts of the two. I do twice as much orange as cherry bitters. Find your favorite balance.)
    3. Add bourbon to your taste. (My husband adds a big splash more than I do; he likes it a bit stronger.) You may need to adjust your simple syrup or your bourbon to get it to your level of deliciousness.
    4. Plop in your large ice cube, swirl to mix everything up, then sit back and sip on the most fabulous old fashioned. Cheers!
    5. P.S. You can garnish with cherries or orange peels if you want/have. Makes it look fancy!

    Recipe Notes

    Here are the details on where I get my ingredients:
    Demerara sugar is available at my grocery store in the baking aisle. You could also try Amazon.
    We buy our bitters online through Amazon but they also are often available in specialty grocery stores (Dean & Deluca, Fresh Market, etc.).
    Large ice cube trays are available at Crate & Barrel and through Amazon.
    Four Roses Small Batch is our bourbon of choice for this drink. We drink lots of bourbons and lots of varieties, but Four Roses is the best here. Find it at your local liquor store.
    Our old fashioned crystal glasses were a gift, but they are also available at any store selling drinkware. It's a standard and you definitely need some.
    Stock up and get your drink on!

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