Old Fashioned Recipe


Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Don’t be misled by the name – this superb whiskey cocktail retains its youthful spirit. Learn how to create this timeless oldie but goodie cocktail the right way with Jameson’s very own Old Fashioned recipe. Step into the realm of mixology and uncover the secrets of crafting the perfect classic, a tribute to tradition and sophistication. Explore the nuances of flavour profiles, from smoothness to robustness, highlighted by a delightful citrus twist, all elegantly dancing in each sip. Whether you’re a seasoned whiskey enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this journey into the heart of the Old Fashioned is a celebration of fine spirits. Cheers to embracing tradition, savouring complexity, and enjoying the art of the whiskey cocktail!

What do you need


  • 60 ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 Spiral Orange
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 8 ml Rich Demerara Syrup
  • 2 Parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 Spiral Orange
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • Part Rich Demerara Syrup

How to make

  1. Fill a glass or jug with ice

  2. Add 60 ml Jameson Black Barrel

  3. Add 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  4. Add 2 dashes Orange Bitters

  5. Add 2 Dashes of Simple Syrup

  6. Stir until ice cold

  7. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

  8. Garnish with an orange zest and tip in the slice.

About this Cocktail

A guide to making an Old Fashioned that never goes out of style. As you can guess by its name, this is one of the very first whiskey cocktails ever invented. Although its origin is not certain, the Old-Fashioned could have been invented by the bartender Martin Cuneo at the “Pendennis Club” in Louisville, Kentucky in 1884. Almost 150 years after, the Old Fashioned is the #1 Cocktail in the World and a perfect way to drink your Jameson Black Barrel.

Old Fashioned FAQs

Why is it called an Old Fashioned?

The name is shorthand for “old fashioned style whiskey cocktail” which in the 1800s meant any mix of whiskey, sweeteners and bitters. 

What is the best whiskey for an old fashioned?

A smooth Irish whiskey like Jameson Black Barrel is the perfect base for an Irish old fashioned. 

What are the best bitters for an old fashioned?

A couple dashes of Angostura Bitters and Orange Bitters are the best choice for an Old Fashioned cocktail. 

Why do they add orange peel to Old Fashioned?

Garnishing an old fashioned with an orange peel or “twist” allows the oils from the peel to release into the drink and elevate the cocktail’s flavours further. 

Do you shake or stir an Old Fashioned?

The best way to make an Old Fashioned is to stir it in a glass or jug of ice. You shouldn’t shake an Old Fashioned as it can dilute the cocktail too quickly. 

What type of glassware should I use to serve an Old Fashioned?

An Old Fashioned glass, also known as a rocks glass or tumbler, is the ideal choice. Its sturdy, short design accommodates the muddled ingredients and large ice cube, allowing you to fully appreciate the drink’s aromas and flavours.

Is the Old Fashioned a strong cocktail?

Yes, the Old Fashioned is known for its bold and robust flavours, often featuring a hearty pour of whiskey. However, you can adjust the whiskey quantity to your preference, tailoring the strength of the cocktail to your taste.

What food pairings go well with an Old Fashioned?

The Old Fashioned’s rich and complex profile makes it an excellent match for savoury and hearty dishes. Consider pairing it with charcuterie, grilled meats, aged cheeses, or even dark chocolate for a delightful culinary experience.

Can I use different types of sweeteners in an Old Fashioned?

Absolutely! While traditional recipes call for sugar cubes, you can experiment with various sweeteners like simple syrup, honey, or maple syrup. Each option brings its own unique flavour profile to the cocktail.