Old Fashioned

James Beard

Author and Educator

"This is my own version of the Old Fashioned, for I loathe "fruit salad" in a drink and all the decorations that usually accompany this simple cocktail."—James Beard


  • 1 lump of sugar 
  • 1 slice of lemon peel 
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters 
  • 3 ounces of whiskey, rum, or brandy 


Mash the sugar and bitters and lemon peel with a muddler. Add the ice and the spirit and stir well. 


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