The Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Premium Bourbon (>80 proof)

  • 1 suger cube¹

  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • Maraschino Cherry

  • orange peel (1" x 0.5")

  • tea spoon of water ("branch water")

The Directions

Place sugar cube in the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Add branch water and muddle until thoroughly dissolved². Add bourbon and bitters. Thoroughly stir. Add one large ice cube. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry ³ ⁴ ⁵. Express orange peel into the glass, then rub around rim and deposit in glass. 

The Quote

"I’m here to kick ass and drink whiskey, and pilgrim, I’m out of whiskey”⁶

  • John Wayne

The Story

After scientific research the author and his favorite drinking companion, Patroclus, established the necessity of expressing the orange peel as it complements the bourbon quite nicely. As this is a minimal cocktail, the bourbon (or rye if you’re a traditionalist) is featured quite prominently. Do not skimp on quality. After making a few yourself, you can vary the sugar content to taste. 

The ice cube should be large as possible, as you want to minimize dilution. 

Note: Try freezing a ¼ - ½” of water in an old fashioned glass, in lieu of large ice cube.  

¹Or substitute an ounce of simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

²It is very important to thoroughly stir sugar and branch water prior to adding bourbon & bitters, as you do not want undissolved sugar crystals 

³Ideally with a Bourbon Cherry, Luxardo Cherryhigher end maraschino cherry or roll your own

⁴Some strongly say an Old Fashioned should not contain a cherry, but tasting that well soaked cherry after finishing your Old Fashioned is one of the simple joys of life

⁵But do not mash the cherry