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On the Rocks: Master the Old-Fashioned

Piecing together a home bar? Make sure it's stocked with a good bottle of bourbon. Then tackle this classic cocktail recipe.

It's time to elevate your drinking style from a six-pack of cans to a collection of bottles you're proud to pour. Don't have at-home mixology down to a science? We'll get you there. Each week, On the Rocks takes a look at a spirit that deserves a spot in your liquor lineup and delivers a cocktail recipe that's sure to impress your friends, family, and the girl who's not afraid to down a stiff drink. 

The Spirit

Bourbon is the bread and butter of any amateur bar. Whereas other liquors, like gin or tequila, can be a little intense when served straight up, bourbon whiskey is drinkable as is. This is definitely a perk if you’ve got nothing else on the shelf.

Smooth and smoky with a slightly spicy finish, it can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, or mixed into an easy cocktail—one that won't require a fancy set of tools. 

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The Drink

There’s nothing more manly than brooding over a good glass of bourbon, letting the warmth creep from your belly to your brain. But, if you want to take your drink to the next level, turn your bourbon into a quick and easy cocktail:

The Old-Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube 
  • Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 lemon twist
  • 1 orange twist
  • 1 brandied or maraschino cherry

Directions:

  • Place sugar cube in a rocks glass and add 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters.
  • Muddle cube and bitters until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add bourbon and ice and garnish with lemon twist, orange twist, and cherry. Gently stir.

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The Bottle

Bulleit is a great bourbon to start off with, though it's a little pricier than other brands (about $45 for a 750 mL bottle). It's definitely a high-quality whiskey that’s well worth the investment and should last a while. Try it in a Manhattan or an Old-Fashioned.

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