Even if you know nothing about cocktails, chances are you've at least heard of an Old Fashioned - A Drink Recipe from the 1920s made with just four ingredients – whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters, and an optional (but recommended) orange peel or Luxardo cherry garnish. It's super simple to make, too, as is appropriate for a cocktail designed to highlight its main ingredient: whiskey! This drink was hugely popular in times of 1920s Prohibition.
2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange peel or Luxardo cherry, for garnish (optional)
Combine the simply syrup and bitters: Add simple syrup and bitters to a rocks glass. Fill the glass with ice and stir to combine.
Add whiskey, stir, and garnish: Add the bourbon or rye and stir for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute. Garnish with orange peel or Luxardo cherry, if desired.