Thirsty Thursday: The Classic Old Fashioned Recipe

The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is making a comeback. The cocktail seems to be popping up all over bar menus and in the hands of hipsters everywhere- and I love it! A few weeks ago I went to an American whiskey class at The Pastry War put on by a couple of the fine bartenders at Anvil. We tasted several whiskeys and bourbons including two rarer breeds that were amazing-the Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel and the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year. My favorite findable was Larceny. It was so drinkable and smooth. The boys’ favorite was Balcones Brimstone which was waaaaay smokey.

The group favorite of the three drinks was the classic Old Fashioned. They made it with Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, simple syrup and two dashes of bitters. It was great. Not too sweet or overly bitter tasting, just enough to mellow out the drink. We’ve been making these a few times a week now.


Old Fashioned Recipe

Servings: 1 | Serving Size: 1 Drink | Calories: ~155
*Nutrition info via: Fat Secret*Recipe via Anvil Bar&Refuge


  • 2 oz Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup (1:1 sugar:water ratio, or try to Truvia version below)
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Optional cherry and/or orange slice to garnish

Truvia Simple Syrup:
-4 Tbsp Truvia
-1/2 Cup Water
*Stir Truvia in a lightly simmering pot of water until dissolved and let cool before using. Do not let it boil.*

  1. Cook simple syrup and set aside.
  2. Pour simple syrup, bitters and a large cube of ice in a rocks glass. (Or two small cubes – you don’t want to water the drink down)
  3. Stir in the bourbon well.
  4. Garnish if you’d like and enjoy!

I prefer my Old Fashioned with a blended bourbon, but I have friends who say a rye whiskey is far superior. I recently found a recipe for a brown sugar simple syrup and think it would make a nice twist on the classic Old Fashioned. Can’t wait to try it.




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