Fancy Free

Difford's Guide
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Coupe glass
Measuring jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon

Flavour Profile



There are approximately 195 calories in one serving of Fancy Free.

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Serve in a

Coupe glass


Sugar rim (optional) & Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Bourbon whiskey
1/2 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 dash Angostura or other aromatic bitters
1 dash Orange bitters
1/2 fl oz Chilled water (omit if using wet ice)

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Our review:

Aromatised, tamed bourbon with complex maraschino notes. Basically, a Whiskey Old Fashioned with maraschino in place of sugar syrup. Best to bypass the sugared rim and indeed the straight-up version altogether (see variation).


Forget the classic straight-up serve, this cocktail is best-enjoyed on-the-rocks and garnished with an orange slice and perhaps also a cherry. While the 'up' version benefits from a splash of chilled water, the on-the-rocks version is opened with a splash of soda.


The first known reference to this cocktail is in Crosby Gaige's 1940 Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion. This cocktail is traditionally served straight-up with a sugared rim.

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