My favorite cocktail to sip in a dimly lit bar is an Old Fashioned. Most bourbon fans go-to cocktail is the Old Fashioned because it’s pretty much bourbon on the rocks with a few added ingredients. The cocktail is easy to make and requires little skill.
Bourbon – 2 ounces
Simple Syrup or sugar – 1 tsp
Splash of Water
Large ice cube
Angostura bitters – 2 dashes
Orange peel or cherry
- Pour sugar into a rocks glass and add simple syrup and bitters and then muddle (or stir).
- Place the large ice cube on top of the sugar mixture.
- Pour bourbon over the ice and stir.
- Add garnish.
If the bourbon taste is too strong, drop it down to 1 1/2 ounces.
You’ll need to mix longer than I did in the video. The reason I mixed it for a short time was that I had to get the drink mixed under 60 seconds. This is a drink you should take your time to mix.
Simple syrup is the best ingredient for sweetness, but sugar is a good substitute. Simple syrup isn’t something most people have on their shelf.
This is not a drink to down quickly, so take your time and enjoy a great conversation while you sip.
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