Classic Old Fashioned

Everyone needs this classic cocktail recipe in their back pocket. Smoky bourbon is sweetened with maraschino cherries and orange juice. The drink gets a little punch from a few dashes of bitters.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 2 drinks
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Ingredients

Two 1/4-inch-thick orange half slices, plus 2 strips rind for garnish

4 to 5 maraschino cherries

4 to 6 dashes Angostura bitters

2 teaspoons superfine sugar, optional

4 ounces bourbon

Ice

Directions

  1. Muddle the orange slice, 2 cherries, bitters and sugar if using in a large liquid measuring cup until syrupy. Add in the bourbon and a few ice cubes and stir vigorously for 20 seconds to chill the drink and dilute the bourbon. Fill 2 rocks glasses with one large cube. Strain the drink into the glasses. Squeeze an orange peel above each glass to release the oils, then add to the glass along with 1 or 2 cherries.
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