Old-fashioned Whisky Cocktail

whisky cocktails

Whether you're a Scotch on the rocks type of whisky lover or prefer to unwind with a glass of Irish whiskey or American bourbon, we've got classic cocktails and refreshing twists aplenty. It's advisable to use the style of whisk(e)y specified in the recipe as substitutions may alter the taste of the finished cocktail.


  • 1 thick slice orange peel
  • 1 maraschino cherry, with stem
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup (also sold as gomme syrup)
  • 2-3 drops whisky bitters
  • ice cubes, as necessary
  • 50ml/2fl oz Scotch or bourbon
  • twist of lemon peel, to garnish


  1. Take the orange peel and squeeze it with your fingers. Rub the peel around the insides of a whisky tumbler, then place into the glass. Add the cherry, sugar syrup and bitters, along with three ice cubes.

  2. Add half of the scotch or bourbon and stir for about ten seconds. Add more ice and the remaining scotch or bourbon and stir again for 10-15 seconds.

  3. To serve, garnish with lemon peel.

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