Old Fashioned Cocktail


This old fashioned cocktail recipe has a history. The earliest version of it was simply water, sugar, bitters, and booze. Over time, the water became ice, the booze became whiskey, and the drink became an old fashioned.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 sugar cube

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • 1 dash bitters

  • 2 fluid ounces whiskey (rye or bourbon)

  • 1 lemon twist

  • ½ cup ice cubes, or as needed

  • 1 orange slice, for garnish

  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Muddle sugar cube, water, and bitters in an old fashioned glass for 1 minute. Pour in whiskey; stir for 1 minute.

  2. Squeeze lemon twist over the glass and drop it in. Add ice cubes. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry; serve with a swizzle stick.

    close up on a glass of old fashioned cocktail garnished with maraschino cherries
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
7g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 4g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Potassium 12mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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