Old Fashioned Cocktail with Orange and Maraschino Cherry Garnish Next to a Bottle of Maker's Mark

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®.


  • 1-1/2 parts Maker's Mark® Bourbon
  • Splash of water
  • 2 dashes Angostura® Bitters
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Orange peel
  • Cherry for garnish
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Pro Tips
Making the cut
Cutting citrus over your serving glass can add a fresh, zesty essence and pleasing aroma to your drink. Always cut with care.
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, squared
Muddling sugar cubes adds old-timey fun to the process. Each cube is about 3/4 teaspoon of granular sugar. One or two should suffice depending on taste.

How to

For a Classic Old Fashioned:
  1. Dissolve or muddle sugar with a splash of water in an Old Fashioned glass.
  2. Fill glass 3/4 full of ice.
  3. Add Maker's Mark® and bitters and stir.
  4. Garnish with orange peel and cherry.
For Muddled Old Fashioned:
  1. Muddle sugar, bitters, orange slice, cherry and water in an Old Fashioned glass.
  2. Remove the orange rind.
  3. Fill glass 3/4 full of ice.
  4. Add Maker's Mark® and stir.

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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