Learning how to make a great Old Fashioned is one of the best things you can ever do for yourself.

Old Fashioned by Cooking To Get Laid Old Fashioned Cocktail

History: The Old Fashioned got its name from the origin of cocktails, when spirits were so potent and dangerous that sophisticated booze hounds started mellowing them out with sugar and water. In the early-1800s the word “cocktail” was used to describe the adding of mellowing agents to harsh ryes, gins, rums and other spirits to make them more palatable – and to prevent people from going blind or dropping dead from alcohol poisoning.

The Old Fashioned is a direct result of those days and comes with a much lower risk of blindness.


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 cube of raw sugar
  • Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 bourbon cherry (find our recipe here)
  • Ice


  1. Place the sugar cube into the tumbler and add 6 to 8 dashes of Angostura bitter to it; let soak for a few seconds
  2. Add a dash of bourbon then muddle sugar until it is dissolved
  3. Add ice (big pieces) then pour the bourbon over
  4. Using a spoon, stir the cocktail until the sugar is well mixed
  5. Flame an orange into the drink
  6. Garnish with bourbon cherry and serve


* It’s important that you don’t use crappy maraschino cherries – they’re toxic and taste like candied plastic. If you don’t have any of ours prepared, just the orange peel is enough.

* Glassware is important. We constantly find interesting tumblers in thrift stores for a great bargain – just try to find a couple that match.

Old Fashioned by Cooking To Get Laid


  1. Roy says:

    Great drink. Second only to the Negroni

    • Adrien says:

      Thanks, Roy. Real men know that the old fashioned trumps the negroni every time. That said, we’ll put one on here for you next week…

  2. cb says:

    What does Flame an orange into the drink mean?

    • Adrien says:

      That’s a good question, CB. It’s a trick where you hold a flame against the outside piece of an orange peel to get the oils out, then squeeze it into the flame to create a mini explosion! It flavours the drink well. I’ll be putting up a post about how to do it soon. Thanks.

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