Jack Old Fashioned Recipe

So simple to make, it never goes out of fashion.

What's in an Old Fashioned?

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How to make an Old Fashioned

  1. 1/2 fill a rocks glass with cubed ice

  2. Pour Old No. 7 over ice

  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir for 20-30 seconds

  4. Garnish with an orange twist and a cherry

The Old Fashioned: Then and Now

The Old Fashioned was originally fashioned in 1806, hence the “old” part. In fact, it would be another 60 years until Jack Daniel opened the doors of his distillery and began crafting the perfect Tennessee Whiskey to make it with.  


It’s a good thing he did, seeing as during prohibition it’s thought that whiskey drinkers used to muddle cherry and orange into the drink, to disguise the taste of the whiskey used at the time.

Nowadays, the cherry and orange twist are only used as garnishes to let Old No. 7 take centre stage and balance the sweetness of the simple syrup with its rich, smoky flavour.


What's the difference between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan?

The Manhattan and the Old Fashioned are both iconic whiskey-based cocktails and although they have some similarities, they are each in a league of their own.


A Manhattan is a classic, elegant cocktail that is typically made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. It is often garnished with a cherry and served in a cocktail glass. 

An Old Fashioned, on the other hand, is slightly simpler but no less flavourful and showcases the whiskey itself as the star of the show. Traditionally made with rye or bourbon whiskey, Angostura bitters, a sugar cube or simple syrup, then garnished with an orange twist and cherry, the Old Fashioned speaks volumes about the character of the liquor.


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