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A Simple Recipe To Make An Old-Fashioned Cocktail


    Today I want to share a simple recipe to make an old-fashioned cocktail.

    A Simple Recipe To Make An Old-Fashioned Cocktail

    Since my most loved cocktails are bourbon-based, Old Fashioned and Manhattans are the top drinks I make at home for or give as gifts. My most-loved Old Fashioned is simple.

    • 2 oz 95-100 proof bourbon
    • 1 OZ brown sugar simple syrup
    • 2-3 drops of orange bitters
    • Garnish with orange peel and one cherry

    From that base recipe, I could batch up to eight at each time in an empty bottle of Bourbon and add the following ingredients by converting cups to ounces and then adding 50-75 percent of multiplied bitters

    • 2 cups of bourbon
    • 1 cup simple brown sugar
    • 12-16 bitters in a few sips
    • 1/3 cup of water

    If I decide to modify the recipe and create something using an autumnal syrup, I may experiment with that it is flavored with syrups and bitters. For instance, in autumn, I am a fan of the flavor of this Chai Old Fashioned.

    I substituted the simple syrup of chai for the simple syrup with brown sugar and then added my favorite autumn bitters, ginger, and smokey cinnamon. Here’s a sample:

    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 1/2 1 oz simples syrup chai (1:1 strong Demerara sugar and chai tea)
    • 1 dash of ginger bitters
    • 2 dash smoked cinnamon bitters

    When it is batched, it looks like this:

    • 2 cups of bourbon
    • 1/2 cup simple syrup for chai
    • 5 drops of ginger bitters
    • 8 dashes of smoked cinnamon bitters
    • 1/3 cup of water

    Simple to do!


    What types of Cocktails are the easiest to batch by this Method?

    Spirit-forward cocktails make the easiest cocktails to make batches of without worrying about the bitterness of juices as time passes. As we said earlier, cocktails that contain egg whites, milk, cream, and egg whites aren’t very well-mixed, nor do they batch well. Egg whites become flat with time and emit the smell of sulfur. Likewise, milk might curdle slightly when mixed into drinks with high acidity.

    However, there are plenty of cocktails that offer great chances to batch. Here are a few of my favorite batch recipes:

    • Classic Old Fashioned
    • Manhattan
    • Negroni
    • Martini
    • Perfect Manhattan
    • Old Pal
    • Sazerac
    • El Presidente
    • Rum Old Fashioned
    • Rob Roy
    • Martinez
    • Last Word
    • Hanky Panky
    • Vesper Martini
    • Boulevardier
    • Black Manhattan
    • Rum Manhattan

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