Thirsty Thursdays: Make an Old Fashioned at Home

FOLLY: This is quite a manly drink....

NOSA: It's Don Draper's drink of choice on Mad Men. 

The earliest version of this cocktail was simply water, sugar, bitters, and booze. Over time, the water became ice, the booze became whiskey, and the drink became an old fashioned.

FOLLY: See, I told you it's a manly drink. 

NOSA: About as manly as it gets. There's a guy I follow on Instagram that loves Old Fashioneds (is there a plural?) and he's super manly. 

FOLLY: There are two methods. Method one is simpler, in case it wasn't obvious.  



  1. 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  2. 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  3. 1 sugar cube
  4. Dash of plain water





  1. Place the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass and saturate with bitters.
  2. Add a dash of plain water and muddle until dissolved.
  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and a cocktail cherry.


  1. 1 sugar cube
  2. 1 teaspoon of water
  3. 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  4. 2 fluid ounces whiskey (rye or bourbon)
  5. 1 lemon twist
  6. Ice cubes
  7. 1 orange slice
  8. 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish



  1. Muddle sugar cube, water, and bitters in an old fashioned glass for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in whiskey and stir for an additional minute.
  3. Squeeze the lemon twist over the glass and drop it in.
  4. Add ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry, and serve with a swizzle stick.