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Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned


  • 1-1/2 to 2 oz Bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup* (see note)
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 4-6 oz club soda
  • 1 lemon twist* (see note)
  • 1 maraschino cherry


Stir together bourbon, simple syrup and angostura bitters in a low-ball style glass. Add ice then pour in club soda, stirring well. Add cherry and lemon twist.


Simple syrup is a mixture of typically equal parts sugar and water. It is available in many grocery and cooking stores. You can make your own by heating ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar together just long enough to dissolve sugar. Allow cooling then refrigerate until using.

To make lemon twists, using a paring knife cut between the peel of the lemon and the white pith trying to get just peel. Twists can be as wide or skinny as you want them.