The Art Of The Old Fashioned

When it comes to cocktails, there are a select few a true gentleman can choose from. Martini – Yes, Mojito – No. Negroni – Yes, Cosmopolitan – No. Old Fashioned – Yes, Margarita – No. You get the picture. So could there be anything more gentlemanly than learning to master the art of cocktail making? We think not. And what better one to begin with than the Old Fashioned.

Old Fashioned Woodford The Gentleman's Journal


The Old Fashioned is a cocktail with an interesting history, and its whiskey grounding is in Kentucky’s own Woodford Reserve. The Old Fashion was born out of the masculinity of southern America, and it’s simplicity has made it a favourite among gentlemen for the past two centuries. How could something so simple – a little sugar, a dash of bitters, some whiskey and a little orange – make such revolutionary history? Because simplicity has always been king.

Old Fashioned Woodford Reserve The Gentleman's Journal

So one must learn to develop ones cocktail skills with haste, and remember to use a good Kentucky Bourbon, preferably Woodford Reserve, for the notes bring out the finest aromas in the cocktail itself.

The perfect recipe:

50ml Woodford Reserve

2-3 dashes of bitters

1 tsp sugar

1 orange zest/rind


Place the ice, bourbon, bitters and sugar in an old fashioned glass and stir continuously for 2 minutes, finish with an orange rind, squeezed over the glass and placeed inside. For added decoration, add a maraschino cherry.

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