About the

Old Fashioned

During its dawn, the Old Fashioned was considered a morning drink and was originally referred to as the "whisky cocktail". The renaming is said to have occurred at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, where the Old Fashioned remains that city's official cocktail.


Preparation Time
5 min

Flavor Profile
Rich and Dark
Baking Spices

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  • Step 1
    Mix ingredients and dissolve sugars
    Dissolve or muddle sugar with bitters and a splash of Maker's® in an Old Fashioned glass.
  • Step 2
    Add the ice
    Fill glass 3/4 full of ice.
  • Step 3

    Mix with Maker's Mark®

    Add Maker's Mark® and stir.

  • Step 4
    Aromatize with citrus
    Express orange peel over your glass to release citrus oils.
  • Step 5
    Garnish and enjoy
    Garnish with orange peel.
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Old Fashioned

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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.
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A little bitter

With bitters, a little bit goes a long way. Two or three drops will add much depth to your Old Fashioned.
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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.
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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.

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