How to make:
STIR bourbon with three ice cubes (dry to the touch well-frozen ice, not wet ice) in a glass. Add rye whiskey, sugar syrup, bitters and two more ice cubes. STIR some more and add another two ice cubes. And if you have room, add more ice before serving.
Orange zest twist
Despite being made with a dash of sweetener rather than sugar, or even Demerara sugar, this is a very palatable Old Fashioned and many will not be able to differentiate between the classic sugar-loaded version.
Adding aromatic bitters will help the cocktail’s flavour but add trace amounts of sugar.
Adapted from the classic serve by yours truly (Simon Difford) in January 2019.
For tips on how to make, more recipes and the history behind the Old Fashioned, see Old Fashioned cocktail.