Add water, bitters and sugar to rocks glass. Stir to dissolve sugar.
Add bourbon or rye.
Add ice or drink straight (no ice).
Ice: You can use ice cubes or a large ice block (sphere or square). The large ice block will melt more slowly.Old Fashioned Cocktail Variations:Brandy Old Fashioned: Use brandy instead of bourbon in your classic recipe.Cherry Old Fashioned: Add in 1 ounce of amarena cherry juice in your classic recipe.Christmas Old Fashioned: Use rosemary and cranberry to garnish. Add a splash of apple cider.Apple Cider Old Fashioned: Add in a quarter cup of apple cider in your classic recipe.Gin Old Fashioned: Replace bourbon with gin.Chocolate Old Fashioned: Use chocolate bitters instead of orange bitters in your classic recipe.Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned: Follow classic recipe using Buffalo Trace Bourbon.Bulleit Old Fashioned: Follow classic recipe using Bulleit Bourbon.Gingerbread Old Fashioned: Instead of simple syrup (sugar and water), use gingerbread syrup in your classic recipe. About 1 teaspoon.Cranberry Old Fashioned: Use spiced cranberry syrup instead of simple syrup (water sugar).Cinnamon Old Fashioned: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon simple syrup to recipe in place of sugar and water.Crown Royal Old Fashioned: Use the Crown Royal instead of your usual bourbon whiskey for this classic recipe.Blood Orange Old Fashioned: Do the classic recipe and add in ¼ cup of blood orange juice. Garnish with blood orange.Honey Old Fashioned: Replace the water and sugar with honey for this classic recipe.Blackberry Old Fashioned: Replace the water and sugar with blackberry syrup for this classic recipe. Garnish with skewered blackberries.Apple Old Fashioned: Use apple bitters instead of angostura and add ¼ cup apple cider. You can also use Stillhouse Apple Whiskey instead of bourbon.Cognac Old Fashioned:Follow classic recipe using a Cognac.Fall Old Fashioned:Replace the water and sugar with maple syrup for this classic recipe. Add 1.4 cup apple cider and garnish with cinnamon sticks.Brown Sugar Old Fashioned: Replace white sugar with brown sugar in classic recipe.Espresso Old Fashioned: Add 1 shot espresso.Bacon Old Fashioned: Add small bacon pieces in a cocktail shaker along with the usual ingredients, shake well and strain into a rocks glass before adding in bourbon.Blueberry Old Fashioned: Replace the water and sugar with blueberry syrup for this classic recipe. Garnish with skewered blueberries.Black Cherry Old Fashioned: Replace the water and sugar with black cherry syrup for this classic recipe. Garnish with skewered cherries. Alternatively, you can use cherry bitters in the classic recipe. You will also love this Cherry Manhattan!Fig Old Fashioned: Replace simple syrup (water/sugar) with caramelized fig syrup.Elderflower Old Fashioned: Add ½ oz of St. Germain to classic recipe.Fireball Old Fashioned: Follow classic recipe using Fireball Whiskey.Banana Old Fashioned: Replace the water and sugar with banana syrup for this classic recipe. Garnish with banana slice.Grapefruit Old Fashioned: Use grapefruit bitters and/or add ¼ cup grapefruit juice.Blanton’s Old Fashioned: Use Blanton’s Bourbon in your old fashioned recipe.Gentleman Jack Old Fashioned: Use Gentleman Jack Bourbon, a premium version of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey in your classic old fashioned recipe.