Old fashioned – 5 modern variations of this iconic classic

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Old fashioned is a true iconic classic, and a cocktail every connoisseur should enjoy once in a while with a good quality bourbon or whiskey being rye, whiskey, whisky, or something new and modern like these wonderful serves provided in this post.

The thing I like the most about old fashioned, is that you get a true feel of the spirit and most of the time I just want to support the notes from the spirit with the sweetener, bitters or use a small amount of modifyers which compliments the spirit. To me an old fashioned is all about the spirit, being in full focus.

Below you’ll find five delicious modern variations of an old fashioned cocktail, that I think you should give a try.

Cheers and enjoy!


IBA official old fashioned recipe
  • 4.5 cl Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  • Few dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Few dashes plain water

Old fashioned – recipes

Old fashioned - Fashionable escape

Fashionable escape

60 ml Butterfly pea flower infused apple gin (ginscape)
1 bsp Elderflower liqueur
1 bsp Grapefruit liqueur
Dash orange and tangerine bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Small blue flowers

Old fashioned - Pumpkin old fashioned

Pumpkim old fashioned

60 ml Bourbon
10 ml Pumpkin syrup homemade
1 bsp Apple cuvee
Dash apple, lemon & thyme bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated apple and a cocktail pick

Old fashioned - Pink rubi´s

Pink rubi´s

50 ml Rubis blanc (French pure malt spirit)
10 ml Figue eau de vie
2 bsp Pink pepper syrup

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Lemon peel and a flower

Old fashioned - Mac tropic

Mac tropic

50 ml Rum (Machucaworld)
1 bsp Safari exotic liqueur
1 bsp Banana liqueur
1 bsp Falernum
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple and banana

Old fashioned - Gnista´s old fashioned

Gnista´s old fashioned 0%

60 ml Barreled oak from Gnistaspirits
2 bsp Homemade camilla sunday tea syrup (chamomile, anise, blood orange & mint)
Dash orange bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail pick

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Old fashioned cocktail – 5 versions you have to try

Old fashioned cocktail

Old fashioned cocktail – on the IBA official cocktails list, under the category “The unforgettables”. It’s a template I enjoy expirimenting with, and is orignally made with whiskey or bourbon. You can use any type of base spirit of choice and sweetener or modifyer, which will give you endless choice, so you get the flavour profile you like and prefer.

For my Old fashioned recipes I prefer to use 60 ml / 6 cl of spirit to 10 – 15 ml / 1 – 1,5 cl of modifyer / sweetener and a few drops of bitters, stirred over ice to perfectly diluted.

In this post I have displayed five different Old fashioned styled serves, to show that there are many ways to make an Old fashioned.

Do you have a favorite Old fashioned recipe I should try ? Tell me in the comments below.


Old fashioned cocktail – RECIPES

Old fashioned cocktails - bhakta old fashioned

Bhakta fashioned

50 ml Vintage brandy barrel 4 from bhakta spirits
1 bsp Demerara syrup homemade
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice cubes made from Icelandic lava rocks
Garnish: Maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick and dehydrated orange

Old fashioned cocktails - runoi old fashioned

Runoi old fashioned

60 ml Runoi rum
10 ml Licor 43
1 bsp Acerola syrup
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated orange and a sprig of mint

Old fashioned cocktails - Camilla´s old fashioned

Camilla´s Old fashioned

60 ml Bourbon
1 bsp Camilla sunday syrup*
1 bsp Mint syrup homemade
Dash angostura bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated orange

*Tea syrup (chamomile, anise, blood orange & peppermint)

Old fashioned cocktails - monkey milk
(gin old fashioned)

Monkey milk gin old fashioned

60 ml Monkey 47 2020 distillers cut
10 ml Coconut liqueur
1 bsp Pineapple syrup
Dash vanilla bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple and a cocktail pick

Old fashioned cocktails - rum old fashioned

Rum old fashioned

60 ml Pineapple & kola nut rum
1 bsp Mint syrup
1 bsp Passion fruit syrup
Dash abbots & vanilla bitters

Method: Stir over ice and strain into a chilled glass with ice
Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple and a physalis

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