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Cocktails: Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

old fashioned cocktail recipe

Dating back to 1806 we saw the first printed mention of a cocktail. The original cocktail said to be a 'morning drink', was defined by the editor of The Balance and Columbian Repository, in response to the question from a reader as to the definition of the word 'cock tail', as a 'potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar' and at the time it was referred to as a bittered sling. Freeze the water and make sure the liquor is whiskey and you have an 'Old Fashioned Cocktail'.

Traditionally, the first use of the name "Old Fashioned" for a Bourbon cocktail was said to have been, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Over at Trolley'd we like to use a good quality Rye whiskey if you can get your hands on it, if not something along the lines of Canadian Club will suffice. If you're just starting off drinking Old Fashioned cocktails, we would recommend maybe trying a good quality Bourbon as it is bit sweeter and a great introduction into this classic drink. We also bottle our Old Fashioned Cocktails to take to parties, they age perfectly in glass and taste even better if you stick some riberries in the booze as they pick up some of those great spicy characteristics.

Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe


What you need:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 60ml Rye Whiskey
  • water/soda   



    soak the sugar cube with the bitters, place in mix glass and stir with a splash of water until dissolved.

    Add whiskey, stir, then pour over well carved ice cube.

    Garnish with orange zest.