Old Fashioned

Sweet and strong with touches of citrus, the Old Fashioned never really gets old, especially when it's made with Maker's Mark®.


  • 2 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
  • Orange peel
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Pro Tips
Do the twist
Twist orange peel directly over your serving glass to express the oils and add a fresh essence and pleasing aroma to the drink.
A little bitter
With bitters, a little bit goes a long way. Two or three drops will add much depth to your Old Fashioned.
The big chill
Large ice cubes or an ice ball are more than just cool to look at. Large ice melts slower, allowing the flavors to stand up longer.
Sugar, sugar
Adding a teaspoon of raw cane sugar (such as Demerara), rather than a refined white sugar, will give your Old Fashioned a richer flavor.

How to

  1. Dissolve or muddle sugar with bitters and a splash of Maker's® in an Old Fashioned glass.
  2. Fill glass 3/4 full of ice.
  3. Add Maker's Mark and stir.
  4. Express orange peel over your glass to release citrus oils.
  5. Garnish with orange peel.

Muddling history History of the Old Fashioned

During its dawn, the Old Fashioned was considered a morning drink and was originally referred to as the "whisky cocktail." Considered the first classic cocktail, the name change occurred when bartenders tried to improve on the original with absinthe, orange liqueurs and other ingredients. This led customers to request the "old fashioned" version. The renaming is said to have occurred at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, where the Old Fashioned remains that city's official cocktail. Adding orange and cherry to the equation happened during Prohibition, presumably as a way of masking the whisky smell. For this reason, some purists forego the fruit.

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