Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Bourbon Old-Fashioned

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  • Serving: Makes 1 cocktail

Bitters is a category of beverages that, by way of distillation, dissolution or infusion, contain some type of bitter-to-bittersweet element. Common bitters employ aromatic herbs, barks, roots, and even fruits such as yarrow flowers, wormwood leaves, goldenseal rhizome, quinine, gentian root, artichokes, and unripe orange peels.

Bitters vary in strength and purpose from roughly 45 percent alcohol (Angostura Bitters) to 35 percent liqueurs and cordials (Jägermeister) to 15 percent fortified wines (Vermouth) to non-alcoholic (Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon).


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2-ounces Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Club soda


  1. In a rocks glass, soak sugar cube in bitters. Crush cube with muddler; add a large ice cube; pour in bourbon; and top with club soda to taste.

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