An Old Old-Fashioned

Revisit the original recipe for this Southern favorite

illustration: Tim Bower


    • 1 tsp. simple syrup (or 1/2 lump of sugar)

    • 1/2 slice orange

    • 1 cherry with stem

    • 1 lemon twist

    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

    • Ice (1 to 2 cubes)

    • 2 1/2 oz. fine Kentucky bourbon


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a traditional old-fashioned glass. Muddle with a wooden pestle, then add ice and bourbon. Stir well to chill. you can add a splash of water if you prefer.

A city signature, the old-fashioned was purportedly born behind the bar at Louisville’s Pendennis Club around 1889. The club’s events and catering manager, Dana Cirelli, shares the original recipe.