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Old-fashioned whisky cocktail

Old-fashioned whisky cocktail

This whisky cocktail is an out-and-out classic of the 1960s that will make you feel like a sharp-suited Don Draper in no time.


  • 1 thick slice orange peel

  • 1 maraschino cherry, with stem

  • 1 tsp sugar syrup (also sold as gomme syrup)

  • 2-3 drops whisky bitters

  • ice cubes, as necessary

  • 50ml/2fl oz Scotch or bourbon

  • twist of lemon peel, to garnish

Preparation method

  1. Take the orange peel and squeeze it with your fingers. Rub the peel around the insides of a whisky tumbler, then place into the glass. Add the cherry, sugar syrup and bitters, along with three ice cubes.

  2. Add half of the scotch or bourbon and stir for about ten seconds. Add more ice and the remaining scotch or bourbon and stir again for 10-15 seconds.

  3. To serve, garnish with lemon peel.

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