Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

A bright, red/orange cocktail that slightly resembles a sunset and immediately makes you feel as if you're sitting side-by-side with Don Draper from Mad Men...I mean, how could you go wrong? That's an Old Fashioned for ya! 

And as much as I've tried to hop on board the bourbon train, and be one of those ridiculously cool women who can stomach hard booze like this, I just can't. Unless I can count taking a small sip of my husband's (only if it's extra fruity & I can hold my nose whilst taking said sip). I know, I know, I'm weak. Jenna likes whiskey. She probably deserves more of your respect. 

BUT I can definitely appreciate how pretty this drink is, and it always smells delicious. ;) So, for all our other whiskey-lovin' bad babes out there (and maybe a few dudes who may stumble upon this), here's my husband's go-to Old Fashioned cocktail recipe! 


  • 2 oz of bourbon (Tyler's favorite brand is Four Roses)
  • 4 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1 oz simple syrup)
  • 1 orange (I totally realize this looks like a lemon. It's an orange. Just a little runt of an orange.)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Club soda
  • Something to muddle the ingredients with

Ready to get boozy? Here we go. 

Step 1: Add in 1 sugar cube & 4 dashes of aromatic bitters

Step 2: Cut a piece of orange peel & drop it in

Step 3: Add a maraschino cherry (or 2...or 3) and muddle all ingredients together

***Once muddled it should look like the picture below. The sugar should be completely dissolved! 

Step 4: Measure out and add in your bourbon, ice cube, & as much club soda as desired. Then, cut another slice of orange peel, squeeze the juice into the glass, and rub the excess peel around the rim of your glass (this is what gives it the lovely, citrusy smell!) 

*** If you don't have a jigger to measure out the liquor, a standard size shot glass is about 2 ounces. Obviously you can start with less, and add more if you want it stronger! 

Step 5: Enjoy! Don Draper would be proud to call himself your friend! 

I actually did take a sip of this without holding my nose. Am I getting cooler? Maybe not. 

P.S. My husband does have a few of his own adaptations to this drink he's come to love over the years. Often times, in the fall, he'll add a dash of apple flavored brandy & in the summer occasionally add a dash of lemon juice, just to mix up the flavors a little! 

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Photos by Cortney & Tyler Moore