- Pour the simple syrup, water, and bitters into a whiskey glass. Stir to combine, then place the ice cubes in the glass. Pour bourbon over the ice and garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.
Original recipe makes 1 serving
The Old Fashioned Cocktail
Traditionally, the first use of the name "Old Fashioned" for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been, anachronistically, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The, recipe is said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.
Cocktail Historian David Herpin claims the old fashioned dates between 1855 - 1865 and was possibly named after the cocktail racing mare "fashion". He goes on to claim that this drinks original components were brandy, curacao, maraschino and angostura bitters, brown sugar, and water.