The Classic Old-Fashioned: Whiskey Cocktail

The Elder Fashioned is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. Instead of using sugar, this cocktail uses elderflower to add a floral and sweet note to the drink. The combination of the bitters, whisky, and elderflower liqueur makes for a complex and delicious cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a cozy night in or at a fancy cocktail party.

To make the Elder Fashioned, you will need the following ingredients:

– 1 teaspoon of caster sugar
– 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
– 50 ml of your favorite whisky ( or work well)
– 15 ml of elderflower liqueur
– Cubed ice
– 1 orange peel or twist to garnish

To start, add the caster sugar and bitters to a glass and stir until the sugar dissolves. Next, add the whisky and elderflower liqueur and stir again to combine. Add cubed ice to the glass and stir until the drink is chilled and well mixed.

Add a twist or peel of orange to the drink for garnish. This will add a citrusy note to the drink that complements the floral and sweet notes of the elderflower liqueur.

The Elder Fashioned is a versatile drink that can be customized to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add a bit more elderflower liqueur. If you like a stronger drink, add more whisky. You can also experiment with diferent types of bitters to create a unique flavor profile.

The Elder Fashioned is a delicious and sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you're enjoying it at home or out on the town, this drink is sure to impress. So go ahead and give it a try – you won't be disappointed!

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The Origins of the Name ‘Old Fashioned'

The name “Old Fashioned” for this particular cocktail originates from the late 19th century when bartenders began to add new ingredients and embellishments to their classic . This did not sit well with some customers who preferred the original recipe. These customers began ordering their whiskey cocktails in the traditional way, which eventually became known as “old-fashioned whiskey cocktails.” Over time, the name was shortened to simply “Old Fashioned.” So in essence, the name refers to the classic and traditional way of making a whiskey cocktail, without any additional ingredients or embellishments.

How to Make an Old Fashioned

An Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail made with a few simple ingredients. To make an Old Fashioned, you will need sugar, bitters, , whiskey, an orange slice or zest, and a cocktail cherry. The frst step is to muddle the sugar with bitters and water in the bottom of an old fashioned glass. This helps to dissolve the sugar and infuse the flavors of the bitters into the drink. Next, add a measure of whiskey (usually rye or bourbon) to the glass and stir gently to combine the ingredients. To finish, add a large ice cube or a few smaller ones to chill the drink, and garnish with an orange slice or zest and a cocktail cherry. The result is a delicious and timeless cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a lazy evening or sharing with friends..

The History of Old Fashioned Whiskey

An Old Fashioned whiskey is a classic cocktail made by combining a few simple ingredients. It is typically served in a short tumbler glass with a single large ice cube. The drink is made by first adding a teaspoon of caster sugar to the glass, followed by four dashes of Angostura bitters. The sugar and bitters are then muddled togther until the sugar is dissolved. Next, 50 ml of Dewars whisky is added to the glass, along with a few cubes of ice. The drink is then stirred until well chilled and the whiskey is slightly diluted by the ice. a slice of orange is added as a garnish. The result is a delicious and sophisticated drink that is perfect for sipping on a cozy evening.


The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time. With its simple and elegant combination of sugar, bitters, and whiskey, this cocktail has been a staple in bars and restaurants for over a century. The use of rye or bourbon whiskey can add unique flavors to the drink, and the garnish of orange zest and cocktail cherry prvides a perfect finishing touch. The Old Fashioned is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed on any occasion, and its popularity shows no signs of waning. Whether you're a seasoned whiskey drinker or a newcomer to the world of cocktails, the Old Fashioned is a timeless choice that is sure to please.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.