How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned: 2016 Most Popular Cocktail

Cocktail trends come and go, and it's hard to keep up with what is trendy. So what cocktail is the most popular for 2016?

A classic Old Fashioned ranks number one in 2016. The Old Fashioned proves that it’s truly always in style, and it's particularly nice to drink in fall and winter. This iconic drink grabbed the number one spot for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

At its most basic level, an Old Fashioned is composed of whiskey, sugar, bitters and a citrus twist. Let’s try your hand making one tonight. Here’s how to make the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail:


  • 1 teaspoon demerara sugar
  • 3 to 4 dashes aromatic bitters (preferably Angostura)
  • Orange peel
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • Ice cubes


  1. Add sugar to an Old Fashioned glass. Wet with bitters.
  2. Add the orange peel and muddle gently to break up the sugar crystals and coat the interior of the glass with mixture.
  3. Add about half the whiskey, then stir to further dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add 2 to 3 ice cubes and stir again.
  5. Add the rest of the whiskey and 1 to 2 more ice cubes.
  6. Stir until your Old Fashioned is well chilled and stiff yet palatable.

Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard Garnish: Orange slice, cocktail cherry


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