The Story Behind The Orange Old Fashioned

An Old Fashioned is one of the great classic cocktails. Part of the American canon, it has lasted through the decades due to its simplicity and adaptability. Now it's one of the essential drinks new bartenders must learn before they can be left alone behind the bar.

Once you’ve mastered the classic, playing around with different spirits and proportions can be a lot of fun. With so few ingredients, maintaining balance is crucial. Experimenting with different bases and ingredients is a great way to challenge your palate -- and your imagination.

In this version, Grand Marnier adds warm orange notes to the mix, offsetting the spice of the rye. It’s a great way to introduce autumnal flavors to a timeless drink.


  • 1.5 ounces rye
  • ½ ounce orange bitters
  • ¼ ounce Grand Marnier


  1. 1. Combine ingredients in a glass with ice
  2. 2. Stir gently to chill and combine ingredients
  3. 3. Strain into a rocks glass
  4. 4. Garnish with an orange twist

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Updated: 2019-03-06

The Orange Old Fashioned Recipe