A few years ago you wouldn’t have caught me with a whiskey or bourbon drink in my hand. But now I love them. It took a little trial and error to find the perfect recipe, but I think I did it. My hubby and I think this is the Best Old Fashioned Recipe to make when we want a yummy cocktail. Mmmmmmm, an Old Fashioned. This is a sipping drink, right here. And it’s not for everyone. Only the sexy people. Sorry, I slipped into Salt N Peppa. It happens. If you don’t usually order whiskey or bourbon when you’re out for drinks, I promise that once you find a brand that you really love, this will be your go-to cocktail. It’s the perfect fall cocktail as we transition to colder weather.
The drink is lightly chilled but will warm you up very quickly. My husband’s family’s love of the whiskey sour at the holidays is how I learned that I enjoy a nice bourbon. Not all are created equal though. I literally used to think Whiskey Sours were invented to strip the inside of my esophagus and stomach. I was sure I was flammable and would combust if I went near open flame.
So when I decided to get my hubby some drink making supplies one Christmas, and spent a little money on some Bourbon, everything changed. It was Hudson Baby Bourbon and it was delicious! Today I partnered with Drizly to share the perfect Old Fashioned recipe with you. It’s a great classic cocktail to have in your drink arsenal. After finding the Hudson, I started ordering whiskey drinks out and started to really fall in love with the flavors. Another great way to test the whiskey waters is to try out a Bourbon Mule, which is a mule (which we all totally love, with ginger beer, lime, etc) but made with whiskey instead of vodka. So good.
So now I’m an Old Fashioned kind of girl. And you can be too. They are super simple to make. So what’s the best bourbon for an Old Fashioned? I grabbed Knob Creek since we hadn’t tried it yet. My hubby and I like to try out different brands to see what we like best. I’ll be honest, I’m still partial to the Baby Bourbon, especially for sipping neat. But the Knob Creek is great in this simple Old Fashioned Recipe. You’ll also need Angostura Bitters and a sugar cube. I only had a demerara sugar cube so I used that but to make it the classic way, use a white one.
How to Make the Best Old Fashioned Recipe
Place a sugar cube in your glass and add a few drops of bitters. Add a splash of whiskey, then muddle until the sugar cube has dissolved. Add a big old piece of ice. You want big ice when you are dealing with sipping liquor because it will chill it, without watering it down as it melts. And it looks freaking cool. Add the rest of your liquor, give it a stir if the huge ass ice-cube will allow and top with an orange peel garnish. There you have it. The best Old Fashioned recipe. Sip responsibly.
And now for some extra exciting news. I’m pleased to announce that I am a Top Shelf Blogger with Drizly. If you haven’t heard of Drizly, it’s kind of my favorite. They basically deliver your favorite wine, beer and liquor in under and hour. Such an awesome idea! I’ll be sharing some of their recipes, or creating my own, every few months. And in the meantime, if you need help with a recipe, head right to their recipe library. They have an amazing amount of delicious sounding drinks to try. See the original Old Fashioned Recipe on Drizly.
Printable Old Fashioned Recipe
Knob Creek Old Fashioned
- In an Old Fashioned glass add sugar cube, bitters, and splash of whiskey muddle until blended.
- Add one large ice cube and remaining whiskey, stir until sugar is mostly dissolved.
- Garnish with orange twist.
- If you don't have white sugar cubes, you can still make this drink. You can use 1/2 tsp of sugar with 1 tsp water and 3 dashes bitters.
- I used a demerara sugar cube since it's all I had. No need to buy a full box of white ones if you already have something else on hand.
- You could also use my cheater simple syrup method instead if you prefer. I would make the syrup then use 1 tsp of it in the cocktail.
- Once know how to make an Old Fashioned, you can modify it to try a variety of differnt types. You can use tequila instead of the bourbon. Or you can add more flavors like fresh berries or even cinnamon.
*I was compensated for the supplies used in this post by Drizly.
Images by Dez and Tam Photography
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