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Old Fashioned

Don’t be fooled by the name, this fantastic whiskey cocktail is still young at heart. Learn how to make this oldie but goodie cocktail the right way with Jameson’s very own Old Fashioned recipe.

What do you need


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

How to make

  1. Fill a glass or jug with ice

  2. Add 60 ml Jameson Select Reserve

  3. Add 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  4. Add 3 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 Select Reserve.

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 Select Reserve 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.