Cocktail Hour | The Classic Old Fashioned

It’s Kentucky Derby time, which means you should be prepping with big hats, dapper suits, and some Mint Juleps. But, if Mint Juleps aren’t your thing, here’s an alternative that’s just as classy and Southern. (And maybe a bit more in tune for the gents at your amazing Derby party!)

The Classic Old Fashioned

Classic Old Fashioned cocktail

Ingredients. Makes 1 cocktail.

  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger bourbon whiskey
  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Pour the simple syrup, water, and bitters into a whiskey glass.
  • Stir to combine, then place the ice cubes in the glass.
  • Pour bourbon over the ice and garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.

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