Old Fashioned Cocktail

By Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Let’s talk about my obsession with bourbon.


I’m not sure when it started, but it was definitely around the time I started watching Mad Men last year. Don Draper had me at hello.

And, wanting to be super cool like him, I started asking My Other Half to buy me bourbon. And then he did, and I didn’t know what to do with it.

Well, that’s only partially true. I’d never had bourbon before, but I knew an Old Fashioned was the classic bourbon cocktail. Thankfully the Mad Men website had a recipe (presumably and logically the exact recipe Don Draper drinks).

And now, many bourbons later, I’m an expert. I should also add that while on my recent cruise (and the cruise I took with my Mama in May), I had at least an Old Fashioned each day. They made awesome Old Fashioneds.

My darling friend Yvonne treated me to a really expensive and consequently really smooth bourbon for my birthday this year – Blanton’s. It is delightful – much better than Jim Beam!

Old Fashioned Cocktail


2 dashes Angostura bitters
1.2 tsp sugar
1 maraschino cherry
1 oz bourbon
1 oz Southern Comfort*
1 orange slice
Soda water


Put bitters, sugar, cherry and orange in glass and muddle (which means mash to death). Add an ice cube or two and pour bourdon and Southern Comfort over top. Splash with soda water, as desired.

*This recipe calls for Southern Comfort, but you can easily replace it with more bourbon.


  • joel
    December 5, 2013

    A trick I learned is to cut off a one inch diameter chunk of orange peel, then torch it with a lighter while bending it against its natural curve. This allows the citrus oil from the rind to drip into the drink and will consequently knock your socks off. Once this is achieved, rub the rim of the glass down with the rind for an extra treat!

    • Julia Kent
      December 9, 2013

      Haha wow Joel, that sounds wicked! I will definitely try it – maybe tonight!!! xo

  • Sam Warshick
    December 29, 2015

    When I took my bartending course we were told to use a sugar cube and splash the bitters directly onto the cube and that will help is dissolve when you add the other ingredients!

    • Julia Kent
      January 1, 2016

      awesome tip! i did that when i worked in a restaurant too. unfortunately i just never have sugar cubes at home? maybe i’ll start in a few months 😉

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