An Old Fashioned Cocktail: The Whiskey Cocktail a.k.a. An Old Fashioned

THE whiskey cocktail a.k.a. An Old Fashioned


One thing I don’t think I ever got around to exaplaining, the last time I was writing on an old, was where the name came from. An old fashioned isn’t just A drink, it’s THE drink. In this series of blog posts I’m going to profile an old fashioned cocktail and teach you how to make it. This week, and to appropriately kick off the series, it’s the old fashioned.

Old fashioneds used to just simply be called whiskey cocktails, because, well, there were no other whiskey cocktails. They are now called old fashioneds because it’s the old fashioned way to drink whiskey. The first reference to the drink, as well as the first reference to the word cocktail, dates all the way back to 1806.


It does get any more old fashioned that a 211 year old drink. It’s safe to say that anything that’s been around for over 200 years probably has something going for it.

And the old fashioned does have a lot going for it. There’s the rich flavor of whatever whiskey you choose (rye or bourbon). There’s the subtle sweetness to it and the refreshing bubbles of the club soda. It tastes great and it also has the fact that it’s easy to make going for it.


The ingredients you need

  • 2 oz. rye or bourbon
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters (it’s much better than angostura, but that’s also open to debate)
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • Club Soda
  • 1 old fashioned glass


Place the sugar cube (or a spoonful of loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.

Hit the sugar with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters and a short splash of club soda.

Muddle (fancy word for smoosh up) the sugar, the bitters, and the club soda until you have a sort of syrupy mixture at the bottom of your glass.

All smooshed (muddled) up.


Rotate the glass at an angle to coat it with the mixture.

Coat the glass


Add a large ice cube or sphere, but only one. You don’t want to water this beverage down, but you do want to chill it.

Big cube!


Pour in the whiskey.

Delicious Brown Liquid


Take a peeler and take a peel of orange, twist it, wipe it on the rim of the glass, then put it inside and stir.

Orange peel


Top off with as much club soda as you like

Bubbly water


Take a sip and enjoy yourself Like it’s America’s 30th birthday!

The finished product


The wonderful thing about cocktails like this is that it makes an ordinary thing, having a drink, an experience. It makes the mundane extraordinary. There’s a reason why I named this site after this drink.  An old fashioned is one of those old things that has withstood the test of time and is as good today as it was 200 years ago, and that’s exactly what this site is about. Things, ideas, brands, DRINKS, from the past that still hold up; that are still as relevant in the age of the smartphone as they were in he age of the steam engine. Try out an old fashioned, you’ll thank me for it.

About jmoon

John H. Moon III is an attorney, photographer and blogger living in Houston, Texas. He is a father, a husband, a proud Texan, and modern day renaissance man.