Dad's Classic Old Fashioned

Dad's Classic Old Fashioned

 A classic recipe for the perfect Old Fashioned, constructed lovingly by my father. 

If my father is behind the bar at a party or family dinner you will likely find him smiling while muddling a bit of cherry and orange together in a glass. He is always the bartender - whipping up cosmopolitans, Bloody Mary's, or espresso martinis for friends, but nothing does he make with quite as much excitement as he does an Old Fashioned. 

This simple recipe for a classic cocktail comes straight from him - lovingly taste tested until he knows the best whiskey for the job and just the right shake of the bitters bottle to create a delightfully strong, practically perfect Old Fashioned. 

 A classic recipe for the perfect Old Fashioned, constructed lovingly by my father. 

Prep Time = less than 5 minutes / Active Time = 5 minutes / Yield = 1 cocktail 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 orange slice, peel removed 
  • 2 maraschino cherries, stems removed 
  • ice
  • Angostura Aromatic bitters 
  • Templeton Dry Rye Whiskey 
  • orange wedge and additional cherries for garnish 

Steps:

  1. In a lowball glass, muddle together simple syrup, peeled orange slice, and cherries. 
  2. Top with ice, and add three shakes of bitters. 
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with dry rye whiskey, and top with additional whole cherries. (The whiskey-soaked cherries are the best part!). 
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy. 
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