Old Fashioned

A good old fashioned takes a few simple ingredients and it can be as fast or as shmancy as you want. This may seem like a lot of work but it goes quick after you’ve done a few.

Let’s start with the booze. I prefer a rye whisky over any bourbon or scotch because who needs more chest hair really. Some people prefer to muddle their fruit “Wisconsin style” but that is just gross – don’t take Whiskey advice from someone wearing a hat made of cheese.


  • 2 oz Templeton Rye (four Roses or Bulleit Rye are both good too)
  • 3 bar spoonfuls of agave syrup (simple works ok)
  • 2 or three Luxardo Cherries and a spoon of the juice (because booze-soaked cherries are delicious)
  • 1 orange peel (a couple of shakes of orange bitters can be used as a lazy substitute)
  • 3 or four shakes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 large ice cube (sphere or cubes)
  • Minnesota Whiskey Lowball Glass or a Yeti lowball


Start with the simple syrup in the glass and then put everything else in except for the ice and Whiskey. Stir. Then add the ice and Whiskey and stir it well.

Drink and repeat.