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Cocktails in the 1800s were defined by four key ingredients — alcohol, bitters, sugar, and water — all of which work in wondrous alchemy.

The Old-Fashioned, in particular, stole the hearts of many around the world for both its simplicity and complexity — the former in that it only required less than five ingredients, and the latter in that together, they brought out flavours rarely experienced elsewhere. 

It might also be one of the most fundamental cocktails ever created, but it’s surprisingly hard to nail. Today, the cocktail remains to be a true test of bartenders everywhere, so it’s no surprise that it can be intimidating for those trying to recreate the same magic at home. 

Below, a tried-and-true Old-Fashioned recipe and your shopping guide to the best ingredients for it. 

What you’ll need: 

60ml bourbon, rye, or Scotch whisky

1 Demerara sugar cube (or 1 tsp of Demerara sugar)

2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange twist


Muddle the sugar cube and bitters with a teaspoon of water at the bottom of a rocks glass, before adding your choice of whisky. Stir.

Add a large ice cube to the glass and gently stir until chilled and combined. Finish with a two-inch sliver of orange peel; twist it gently over the glass to release its fragrant oils, and slip it into the side of the ice cube.

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