Cheers, its Wednesday: Bourbon old-fashioned!

9 Jan


One of the most important things I acquired in Kentucky (aside from a husband and a doctoral degree) was my taste for bourbon. In Kentucky, I enjoyed this drink  on the rocks, but in Boston craft cocktails are king so I’ve been discovering new ways to enjoy the old standby.  The bourbon old-fashioned was love at first sip. I can’t really think of a better to way to marry my old home and my new home than by mixing a drink. Also, the first full work week of 2013 deserves a mid-week cocktail! So, here goes…


Clicking on the first several links that popped up in a google search yielded as many recipes. As this NYT blog post can attest, the rules for making a bourbon old-fashioned are up for debate. To muddle or not to muddle? Club soda or a dash of tap water? Fruit or no fruit.  In this case, I followed my personal preferences: muddling, tap water, and fruit.


Start by placing 1 sugar cube, an orange slice, and a cherry in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass (if a drink has a glass named after it, it has to be good!). Sounds much classier that “rocks glass” as I’m used to calling it.


Next add about 4 dashes of bitters. I basically just shook the bottle until my sugar cube turned brown.


Muddle time!  I don’t actually own a muddler. Extra points if you can guess what I used.

Fill the glass with ice-cubes, add two ounces of bourbon, give it a swirl and you’re good to go! I used Jefferson’s bourbon, but any kind will do. Cheers! Any suggestions for other bourbon cocktails to try?

* Shout out to Jason and hipstamatic for styling the photoshoot!


3 Responses to “Cheers, its Wednesday: Bourbon old-fashioned!”

  1. Karen January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Finally! I craft I can copy! The others have been way beyond my skill level.

    • shannzav January 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Definitely worth trying! Perhaps you need to make the bourbon old-fashioned first, then you could try your hand at rubber stamping 🙂

  2. Katie January 10, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Okay, so when we start book club it’s going to be a bourbon old-fashioned theme book club… This looks really yummy! Could I use orange bitters?

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