Old Fashioned

This is a firm Convivio favourite. It's possibly the original cocktail, and is hard to beat for late-night sipping.


  • 2 measures Bourbon

  • a couple of dashes of bitters

  • a few drops of orange bitters (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons (total 10ml) of maple syrup / agave syrup

  • 2 slices of orange peel, one to spritz, one cut decoratively to garnish

  • lots of ice


  1. Fill the drinking glass with ice. We'll mix in this glass.

  2. Add a few dashes of the bitters over the ice (both if you're using both)

  3. Add the maple or agave syrup.

  4. Add a small amount of the whiskey to loosen up the mix. Stir thoroughly, but gently, for a while. Don't break up the ice, just mix the ingedients well over the ice. Add more ice if needed.

  5. Add the rest of that measure of boubon. Again, stir gentky for a while. Add more ice if needed

  6. Add the remaining measure of bourbon, and mix well.


  • Add a few drops of food-grade liquid smoke (available in handy bottles like bitters). You may want to add a bit more syrup if you do this.

  • Use fresh cherries in summer instead of orange peel. Score the skins lightly.

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