Cocktail of the Week – The Old Fashioned November 29, 2016

There’s nothing more warming than the cosiness of a good bit of bourbon. With plenty of booze and the tangy flavours of orange zest, the Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail perfect for this time of year. A simple combination of sugars and booze, aka the best kind of drink, this cocktail recipe can be played with to suit your taste.

Choose a cosy bourbon, like Blanton’s Bourbon or Jim Beam, or if rum is more your tipple, El Dorado Rum makes a great cocktail. You can mix up your bitters too, a bit like our Autumn Old Fashioned on our new winter menu. A rum Old Fashioned with chocolate bitters…dessert option?


Don Draper loved it and so do we. So, to make sure you’re not going thirsty on a cold winter’s night, here’s the classic cocktail recipe so you can lounge in your own leather wingback chair and broodingly ponder away your life…


3-4 drops Angosturas bitters

Zest of 1 orange

1 spoon of powdered sugar or sugar syrup

50ml bourbon or other spirit (like rum)


In a rocks glass, add the sugar, orange zest and bitters. Lightly press the orange with the back of a spoon and mix, then add your spirit.

Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

Half fill the glass with ice and continually stir for dilution. As the ice melts, add more cubes and continue stirring; taste for dilution.

Top up with ice and an optional cherry garnish.