The Best Old Fashioned (Old Willy)

October 3, 2021

I love me so me wine and love me some beer, but I’ve been especially into bourbon for a while. As a result my preferred cocktail has been an Old Fashioned for a number of years.

After years of tinkering, it’s not an “official” Old Fashioned anymore. If you want to get technical, other than bourbon none of the ingredients match the original recipe, but most drinkers I’ve shared it with have found it to be a worthy addition to their catalog of favorites.

I know this is a dumb place to put it, but I figured I’d throw it out there to help spread the good cheer:

Old Willy:

  • 130g Bourbon (about 4 1/2 oz)
  • 15g Agave syrup (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2 Luxardo Cherries (because you’re special and deserve more than one)

Pour everything but the cherries into your glass, stir until the agave is completely dissolved. Add the cherries (with a little syrup if desired), THEN add a single large ice cube. Stir to chill and serve.

For the bourbon, I typically use Bulleit Rye or Buffalo Trace for a “basic” smooth version, and something like Elijah Craig for a bit more spice. If you want to be an apostate and piss it away, Blanton’s is also very good.

For the orange bitters, you can obviously substitute an actual orange spritz & peel, but I don’t always have that handy – thus the orange bitters became a substitute. It also makes the drink a little smoother.


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