The Only Old Fashioned Recipe You’ll Ever Need


Can you hear it? That’s the clock ticking down to the season premiere of “Mad Men,” which airs this Sunday. Naturally, our offices are abuzz with anticipation for the final season and the viewing parties that we’ve all been planning. If you’ll be hosting your own “Mad Men”-themed fête, why not go the extra mile and serve a classic cocktail?

The Old Fashioned is Don Draper’s go-to drink for good reason. This traditional cocktail has been around since the 1800s, is easy to assemble, and only requires a handful of ingredients. The purest form of the recipe omits the fruit garnishes, but we’re big fans of the orange slices and cherries, and as you can see below, so is Don. Check out our recipe, and be sure to come back next week for another classic cocktail how-to.

Mad Men (Season 6)
Image via The Baltimore Sun


Make Mine an Old Fashioned

1 lump sugar
Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry and orange peel for garnish (optional)
Ice (optional, ideally one large cube)

Step 1:
Crush the lump of sugar and dissolve in a dash of water.

Step 2:
Add two dashes of bitters and, if desired, the ice and orange.

Step 4:
Mix in one jigger (1.5 US fluid ounces or 44 ml) of whiskey.

Step 5:
Next, add the cherry if desired.


Now that you know how to mix one up for yourself, enjoy this clip of Don behind the bar, and be sure to check out our full selection of mid-century marvels!



About Jamie

Jamie loves reading and writing, and she's especially fond of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She also enjoys RPGs (both tabletop and console), crocheting, baking, and hiking, and she's passionate about unicorns, tea, flannel shirts, novelty socks, and William Shatner.

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  1. Avatar
    Sara 04/10/2014 at 8:18 pm #

    I think you should point out there are whiskey and brandy old fashioneds 🙂 I’ve also seen olives as garnishes for whiskey ones.

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    Jeanine 04/26/2014 at 10:20 am #

    My own Southern style version without the muddling of the fruit that was required in most recipes for this favorite:
    In order
    One tall bar glass filled with ice

    Squeeze one slice orange and a cherry
    4 dashes bitters
    2 shots Southern Comfort (1/2 for wimps)
    Top with 7-up( soda for dieters)
    Less effort and fewer trips to the bar!
    I call it ” Old Fashioned on steroids”

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    Vince 05/21/2015 at 6:52 pm #

    I think you forgot step 3 somewhere? No bitters?

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