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AUTHOR: Pinhook

A Classic Old Fashioned Recipe

A Classic Old Fashioned Recipe

AUTHOR: Pinhook


Old fashioned cocktail on wood table

You could draw a straight line connecting this drink to the first recorded definition of the cocktail category in general (circa 1806), which called for spirits, sugar, water and bitters. The Old Fashioned hits all these marks—and tastes like the most satisfying history lesson as it slides down your throat.

Old Fashioned

PREP TIME: 1 min
YIELD: Single or Batch

Single Serving

2 oz.Pinhook Bourbon
.25 oz.
Demerara syrup
3 dashesAngostura bitters
2 dashesRegan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
1Orange peel
01Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass.
02Top with ice, stir until chilled and ingredients are well combined.
03Express orange peel and use for garnish.


For a Crowd

750 mLPinhook Bourbon
1.75 oz.
Demerara syrup
.25 oz.Angostura bitters
.25 oz.
Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
01Combine all ingredients in pitcher or large container.
02Add ice, stir until chilled and ingredients are well combined.
03Funnel back into the Pinhook bottle for storage.
04Serve 2–3 oz. of mix chilled, over ice, with an orange peel garnish.

The Timeless Charm of the Old Fashioned: A Pinhook Bourbon Twist

The Classic Old Fashioned - more than just a cocktail; it's a rite of passage for bourbon enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados alike. Steeped in history and brimming with character, this timeless favorite has weathered the storm of passing trends. At Pinhook, we pay homage to its storied past with a recipe that embraces its traditional roots. So, grab your favorite rocks glass, and let's dive into the rich history and delightful nuances of the Old Fashioned.

What Makes the Old-Fashioned So Timeless?

The Old Fashioned cocktail emerged in the early 19th century as a reaction to the trend of  increasingly complex cocktails. Rooted in simplicity, it comprises spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. Patrons sought this "old-fashioned" style, prioritizing tradition. 

Today, the Old Fashioned's timeless charm still captivates, reminding us of the beauty in simplicity. Choosing a great bourbon is key to crafting the perfect Old Fashioned. Here at Pinhook Bourbon, we put heart into every batch, ensuring that each sip brings joy. 

At the heart of our Old-Fashioned recipe is our commitment to quality and flavor. Pinhook Bourbon, with its rich and complex character, provides the perfect foundation for this classic cocktail. The subtle nuances of our bourbon, distilled and aged with the utmost care, shine through in every sip.    

While our flavor might vary slightly from batch to batch, our dedication to quality never wavers. So, when you pick Pinhook Bourbon for your Old Fashioned, you're not just having a drink - you're savoring an exceptional experience!

What Foods Pair Well with an Old-Fashioned?

An Old Fashioned is a versatile companion to a wide array of culinary delights. Its rich and robust flavors pair beautifully with the smoky char of grilled steak, the savory depth of aged cheeses, and the sweet indulgence of dark chocolate desserts. For a truly memorable dining experience, serve your Pinhook Bourbon Old Fashioned with a board of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, or let it accompany a perfectly cooked ribeye steak. Explore more pairing ideas and culinary inspirations on our Magazine page.

When Is the Best Occasion for an Old Fashioned?

Whether you're toasting to a milestone celebration, enjoying a quiet evening by the fire, or simply unwinding after a long day, the Old Fashioned fits the bill perfectly. Its timeless appeal makes it an ideal choice for virtually any occasion, from the most festive gatherings to the most intimate moments.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

While crafting an Old Fashioned may seem straightforward, a few common pitfalls can detract from its perfection. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Overdoing the Sugar: A little goes a long way. The goal is to balance the bourbon's natural sweetness, not overpower it.

  • Skimping on the Ice: Use large ice cubes to slow down dilution and maintain the drink's robust flavor.

  • Rushing the Process: Take your time muddling the sugar and bitters, and allow the flavors to meld beautifully with the bourbon.


Can I use any bourbon for an Old Fashioned?

While you can use any bourbon, choosing an exceptional one like Pinhook Bourbon is paramount since there are so few ingredients, and the bourbon is the star of the show.

Is it necessary to use a specific type of bitters?

Traditional Angostura bitters are the classic choice, but feel free to experiment with other varieties to find your perfect match. Our recipe is classic, but we enjoy experimenting with different flavors of bitters.

Can I make a batch of Old Fashioneds in advance?

Though a freshly made one is great, we love to batch cocktails at Pinhook. Batched cocktails are perfect for entertaining guests, and an Old Fashioned makes for a great batched cocktail.

What's the best garnish for an Old-Fashioned?

A simple orange peel or cherry complements the bourbon's complexity beautifully.

Do people ever search for sugar alternatives?

Yes, some individuals may prefer sugar alternatives in their Old Fashioned cocktails. While the classic recipe calls for sugar, alternatives like maple syrup can be used to add a different flavor profile.

Is it possible to make an alcohol-free Old Fashioned?

Absolutely! For those who choose not to consume alcohol, or for occasions where alcohol isn't desired, an alcohol-free Old Fashioned can be a great option. We recommend Clean & Co's non-alcoholic Whiskey as a suitable alternative to traditional bourbon.