Classic Whiskey Cocktails: The Old Fashioned

A traditional whiskey cocktail with angostura bitters, soda water and an orange slice garnish. Serve in a crystal tumbler with plenty of ice.


2 tsp sugar syrup or 1 tsp white granulated sugar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
A splash of water
60ml of blended Scotch whisky or bourbon
soda water (optional)


An orange slice
maraschino cherry


Put the sugar, angostura bitters and water in a tumbler. Mix until the sugar dissolves if using white granulated. Fill your glass with ice and stir in the whisky. Add a splash of soda water, for taste, and mix. Garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.

The Old Fashioned – Loved in Mississippi and Wisconsin during the pandemic

According to Google Trends research, between March 2020 to March 2021, people used cocktails to cheer themselves up during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those locked down at home, searched Google for “Old Fashioned Cocktail”, “Old Fashioned drink”, and other cocktails that you can easily make at home, and the number of such searches massively increased in the USA over the past year.

Out of the 50 American states, two states favored the Old Fashioned above all other cocktails, and the classic cocktail made with whisky and sugar was found to be the most popular with stay at home drinkers in Mississippi and Wisconsin during the long months of the pandemic.

Best Bourbon for Old Fashioned?

We think the clear favourite is Jim Beam White Label Bourbon Whiskey.