Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had an Old Fashioned. I grew up in the era of muddled fruit, so this is different than what I was accustomed to. In the end, it is watered-down bourbon. That’s all. Take bourbon, add sugar and water to it, add ice, and stir. That is watered-down bourbon.

Even so, I made it. Okay. Any drink with sugar (Mint Julep) gets consumed so quickly that I think it is lost upon me. Here too.

The second I preferred as I used rye. I have no issue with bourbon, but i thought rye worked better. The third one, hey, I am all about experimenting, I added simple syrup instead of water. Yeah, I can see why folks would like something like that. It was indeed sweet.

I would certainly drink this out, but probably only if the crowd were having these. Otherwise, I think I would opt for something different.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables


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IBA recipe


  • 45 ml Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

  • 1 Sugar Cube

  • Few Dashes Angostura Bitters

  • Few Dashes Plain Water


  • Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitter, add few dashes of plain water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Stir gently.
  • Garnish with an orange slice or zest, and a cocktail cherry.

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