This old-fashioned cocktail, although not quite the classic, is slightly spicy with rye rather than bourbon and a special sort of simple syrup. It's nothing if not pretty darn close to perfect.
This old-fashioned cocktail is one of countless iterations of the classic cocktail. It’s made with rye, not bourbon, and with simple syrup made from turbinado sugar for a more complex depth. While different folks have differing accounts of what makes for the perfect old-fashioned cocktail, to us, it’s this recipe. This recipe has been updated. Originally published June 18, 2016.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 1 H
- Serves 1
- For the Demerara simple syrup
- 1 cup (220 g) Demerara or turbinado sugar
- 1 cup (237 ml) cold water
- For the old fashioned
- 2 ounces (60 ml) rye
- 1 bar spoon (that's a teaspoon or 5 ml) Demerara simple syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 lemon twist, for garnish
- Make the Demerara simple syrup
- 1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is reduced slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool. Transfer the syrup to a container with a lid, cover, and refrigerate for up to several weeks and use in anything you would typically use simple syrup but want a slightly more complex taste.
- Make the old fashioned
- 2. Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the rye, syrup, and bitters, stir well, and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with the lemon twist and serve.
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