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Old Fashioned Cocktail

Timeless, whiskey cocktail with sour cherry syrup for added flavor. Thank me later!

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
YIELD 1 drink


  • 2 oz (60ml) Whiskey or Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz (2 Tbsp) Simple Syrup (See notes below)
  • ½ teaspoon Cocktail cherry syrup
  • .5 oz (1 Tbsp) Water
  • 3 dashes Bitters
  • Orange Peel (garnish)
  • Premium Cocktail Cherry (garnish)


  1. Combine simple syrup, syrup from the cherry jar, water, and bitters to a rocks glass and stir. Add ice, stir again. 

  2. Add the whiskey or bourbon and stir again for about 10-15 seconds. Slide the orange peel into the glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry or two. I use a vegetable peeler to quickly get a good, thin orange peel, but you can use a knife as well.

Recipe Notes

For a sweeter cocktail, add more simple syrup. 

For a stronger cocktail, add less (or no) water.

For a more pronounced cherry flavor, add a full teaspoon of cherry syrup from the jar.

How to make your own simple syrup

Basic simple syrup is 1 part sugar to 1 part water. For a less-sweet, less syrup-y version, my go-to is ¼ cup granulated or turbinado sugar and ¾ cup water (1 part sugar to 3 parts water). Combine in a sauce pan and heat on the stovetop until boiling and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week with best results. Using turbinado sugar gives an extra layer of flavor, so I prefer this method. Both sugars will give you great results.