Traditional bourbon old fashioned recipe

September 25, 2017 (Last Updated: November 30, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Americana in a cocktail glass. This traditional bourbon Old Fashioned Recipe is everything you need in a perfect drink. 

Traditional Old Fashioned recipe

Let’s make a great drink! We have looked at the history of the Old Fashioned and the elements that make this great cocktail. Today, we are going to construct the best damn possible bourbon Old Fashioned recipe.

Ingredient choices in this bourbon Old Fashioned recipe

As discussed in our previous posts, this classic cocktail has taken many turns and evolutions that have resulted in a variety of recipes. Each may be an Old Fashioned, but I am going to get a little opinionated about the kind of drink I want to make for my traditional Old Fashioned.

The Old Fashioned roots go back to the early 1800s and the Whiskey cocktail, but my drink is going to steal mostly from the era of the late 1800s. We are using raw sugar, block ice, and muddling in the glass. And as far as fruit goes, a simple lemon peel squeezed over the top and placed in the drink.

old fashioned from a top view

I really have had a fun time looking into the Old Fashioned cocktail. There is such a rich and interesting history that not only speaks to the drink, but is a reflection of American history. I hope you enjoy my take on a traditional Old Fashioned!

Old Fashioned cocktail

Traditional bourbon old fashioned recipe

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x


Today, we are going to construct the best damn possible bourbon Old Fashioned recipe that stays true to the tradition of this cocktail.



  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 splash of water
  • 1 Sugar cube (made here)
  • 3 dashes Angostora bitters
  • 1 slice lemon peel
  • 1 large ice cube
  • 1 Old Fashioned or Lowball glass


  1. Add sugar cube to Old Fashioned glass
  2. Add bitters, directly on sugar cube
  3. Add splash of water
  4. Muddle ingredients
  5. Add bourbon
  6. Add ice cube
  7. Stir
  8. Lightly twist lemon peel over drink to add zest
  9. Garnish with same lemon peel

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bourbon old fashioned recipe

This traditional bourbon old fashioned recipe is sure to knock your socks off. This cocktail is a mixology dream and a flavor punch to your palate. All you need is some bourbon, a sugar cube, bitters, lemon, a splash of water and ice. Lets get this going!

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