The Old Fashioned is one of the world’s oldest and most beloved whiskey cocktails. It’s also one of the simplest. A standard Old Fashioned combines bourbon or rye whiskey with Angostura bitters and Demerara syrup. Despite its name, the Old Fashioned can be easily modified to meet a variety of flavor preferences, or tweaked to include a different spirit.
Looking to update a classic? Here are eight of our favorite ways to make an old favorite new again.
This playful take on the classic Old Fashioned combines rye, orange bitters, and Grand Marnier for a spicy concoction with an extra hit of citrus.
This Scotch-based Old Fashioned riff will have you coming back for s’more. The mixture of homemade marshmallow syrup, aromatic bitters, and Scotch makes for a smoky and sweet cocktail ideal for fireside lounging. Garnish with a toasted marshmallow for an extra-festive presentation.
This Old Fashioned variation is practically made for day drinking. This recipe subs whiskey for port, making for a light sipper ideal for warm weather. To make this low-ABV cocktail, combine rosé port with triple sec and honeysuckle simple syrup.
You’ll go nuts for this Thanksgiving-inspired drink. The combination of bourbon, maple syrup, and walnut bitters makes for a boozy yet balanced drink with flavors that showcase bourbon’s sweet and spicy notes.
If you want to get extra fancy, this drink is for you: Bourbon is fat-washed with sesame oil, then mixed with Hennessy Black, Benedictine, and bitters for an unforgettable drink. We especially like it with sesame chicken.
This ice cream-inspired treat is alcohol-forward enough to please your adult palate. Bourbon, buttered pecan simple syrup, and aromatic bitters are mixed into decadent bliss.
Delicate apple flavors star in this recipe. Apple brandy and honey give this cocktail its sweetness, which is balanced with aromatic bitters. Garnish with apple slices for a crispy, autumnal sipper.