The earliest version of this cocktail was simply water, sugar, bitters, and booze. Over time, the water became ice, the booze became whiskey, and the drink became an old fashioned.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Muddle sugar cube, water, and bitters in an old fashioned glass for 1 minute. Pour in whiskey and stir for an additional minute. Squeeze the lemon twist over the glass and drop it in. Add ice cubes. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry; serve with a swizzle stick.

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Nutrition Facts

167.5 calories; 0 g protein; 6.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 7.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2017
I prefer a brandy old fashioned, otherwise the recipe is the same. And don't forget the oranges!! I muddle the oranges with the sugar and the bitters, and then add the ice and brandy. It's almost the state drink of Wisconsin. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2017
I prefer a brandy old fashioned, otherwise the recipe is the same. And don't forget the oranges!! I muddle the oranges with the sugar and the bitters, and then add the ice and brandy. It's almost the state drink of Wisconsin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2013
I don't have sugar cubes so I had to wing the amount of sugar to muddle with the bitters. I used Jack Daniel's and this made my husband very happy! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2015
Try using orange bitters a couple drops of maraschino cherry juice and one large ice cube to keep it from watering down... and it's perfect. My husband always requests me to make these my special way in the cold months. They key is also to have a good whiskey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2014
I love a good cocktail. Next to a well made Manhattan you can't beat this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2019
Solid recipe. Don't forget to make xlarge ice cubes. Definitely worth it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2020
I’m a booze wimp, so I used 2 sugar cubes in mine, but most love just one. Really yummy. It has become my new favorite cocktail! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2016
This is another recipe which differs in description from the associated video (wish there was more consistency). Good but we found adding at least another teaspoon of the maraschino cherry juice (and perhaps another dash of Angostura Bitters) made it smoother. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2015
I tried this with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. I added a dash of Grand Marnier and a dash of sour mix. I loved it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2019
I omit the lemon and the cherry and add 4 dashes of orange bitters with 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Then I burn the edges of the orange rind before dropping into the glass for a little smoke flavoring Read More