Old Fashioned Recipe

Old Fashioned recipe By Kay Plunkett-Hogge

“Along with the Swizzle, the Old Fashioned is pretty much ground zero for the cocktail, dating back to at least 1806. And although there are numerous variations on the recipe, the essentials of the drink have hardly changed. All you need is sugar, bitters and hard liquor” explains hostess with the mostest, Kay Plunkett-Hogge.

“And, as I’m an old-fashioned girl, this is my kind of drink!”

Old Fashioned Kay



  • 1 sugar cube
  • a few dashes of Angostura bitters, to taste
  • 60–80ml (2¼–2¾fl oz) bourbon or rye whiskey 

To Garnish

  • A wedge or a twist of orange
  • A maraschino cherry (optional)

Kay’s Top Tip

  • One of the best Old Fashioneds I have had was made with baconized bourbon.
  • To make it, buy the smokiest cure of streaky bacon you can find – hickory smoked is best – and cook up enough for a good bacon sandwich.
  • While it’s cooking, pour 350ml (12fl oz) bourbon into a clean jam jar.
  • When the bacon’s done, make your sandwich – you can’t let it go to waste – then pour the bacon fat into the jar with the bourbon.
  • You should have a good 2–3 tablespoons.
  • Leave to steep for a day, then put the jar into the freezer until the bacon fat has completely solidified.
  • Strain through a coffee filter paper into a clean, sterilized bottle.
  • The bourbon should now look like, well, bourbon, but it will have a distinct smoky bacon aroma. Delicious!
  • Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a tumbler and saturate it with a few dashes of Angostura bitters, to taste.
  • Crush the sugar and the bitters together with a muddler – some people like to add a dash of water at this point to help the sugar dissolve.
  • Then add a few large cubes of ice.
  • Pour in the bourbon or rye and stir briefly to amalgamate.
  • Garnish with the orange and a maraschino cherry, if you like.

Taken from The Art of The Party by Kay Plunkett-Hogge, published by Mitchell Beazley (www.octopusbooks.co.uk). For more of Kay’s entertaining words of wisdom then don’t miss her recent Spotlight interview over on TheEdit now.


Posted in Recipe

by Recipe
on on 09 October 2018

  cocktail hour, cocktails, old fashioned, party drinks

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