The Old-Fashioned is a drink prepared by combining sugar, bitters, and water in a mixture, then adding whiskey or, less often, brandy and garnishing with an orange slice or zest and a cocktail cherry. It's typically served in a rocks glass (also called as an old fashioned glass), which predates the drink. Colonel James E. Pepper, a famous bourbon distiller, is claimed to have taken the formula to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City, where it was developed by a bartender there.

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½ tsp sugar
1 ½ tsp bitters
2 ounces ​bourbon or rye whiskey
Orange peel, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish


1. Gather the ingredients.
2. Place a sugar cube or sugar in an old-fashioned glass and saturate it with bitters. Muddle or stir to mix.
3. Add the whiskey, fill the glass with ice, and stir well.
4. Express the orange peel over the drink before dropping it into the glass: Twist up the peel and give it a good squeeze (directed toward the glass, not your eyes) and bits of citrus oil will spray into the drink. Add a cherry if you like.

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