Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cocktail Time-An Old Fashioned

Donna's Old Fashioned
When the weather turns colder my preferences in cocktails change.  Right now I'm favoring a delightful mix of lemon, orange, bitters and Maker's Mark bourbon, that is my version of a cocktail from the age of great cocktails. 

The Old Fashioned is purported to have its beginnings in the 1880s.  It was first offered as a bourbon cocktail at a gentleman's club in Louisville, Kentucky and was a favorite cocktail of presidents Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The original version of this drink muddles sugar with bitters, bourbon and a twist of citrus.  My version is made with the muddled rind and juices of lemon and orange, sugar, and a generous dose of bitters.  The cocktail is then strained into a short, round glass with 2 ounces of bourbon and topped with seltzer.  We're not done until the cocktail is adorned with two or three maraschino cherries.  Cheers!

Donna's Old Fashioned

Donna's Old Fashioned Ingredients
  • 1/4 of a lemon, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 of an orange, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 6 dashes of Angostura's bitters
  • 2 ounces of bourbon, your favorite kind
  • seltzer, to top off
  • Maraschino cherries, high quality with stems

Cut the lemon and orange into large chunks and place in the glass of a Boston Shaker with the sugar and bitters. 
Use a Muddler for Lots of Flavor
Using a muddler,  press the juice from the rind and mix well with the sugar and bitters.

Strain the juice into a short, round glass filled with ice.  Add 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon.  Top off with seltzer and garnish with two or three maraschino cherries.  Stir and serve immediately.

Top Off with Seltzer
You can click the link for the printable Donna's Old Fashioned recipe.

Enjoy, and remember to drink responsibly.


  1. The Old Fashioned is definitely a classic bar recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. ProDiva, sometimes those classics are best, don't you think?


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