How to Make the Perfect Old Fashioned

This guide will show you how to make an old fashioned that you'd find on the menu in any great cocktail bar.

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How to Make the Perfect Old Fashioned Recipe
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Have all your ingredients collected? Let's get started.

Have all your ingredients collected? Let's get started.

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Cut a flat section out of a fresh orange, slice it in half and place it in a flat bottomed, sturdy glass (that second slice will work nicely for a second drink.)

Cut a flat section out of a fresh orange, slice it in half and place it in a flat bottomed, sturdy glass (that second slice will work nicely for a second drink.)

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Spoon one maraschino cherry out and place it  on the orange slice in the glass. I personally like Luxardo, but any will do in a pinch.

Spoon one maraschino cherry out and place it on the orange slice in the glass. I personally like Luxardo, but any will do in a pinch.

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Add 3 to 4 dashes of bitters to the fruit in the glass. There are many different varieties of bitters but Angostura is a bar standard, easy to find and a great place to start.

Add 3 to 4 dashes of bitters to the fruit in the glass. There are many different varieties of bitters but Angostura is a bar standard, easy to find and a great place to start.

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Add 1/3 ounce of simple syrup to the fruit and bitters.

Add 1/3 ounce of simple syrup to the fruit and bitters.

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Time to muddle. The secret is not to crush it into a pulp. Give it a few good presses and twists to extract the juices and mix the concoction.

Time to muddle. The secret is not to crush it into a pulp. Give it a few good presses and twists to extract the juices and mix the concoction.

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It should look like this once you're done.

It should look like this once you're done.

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Pour in 2 ounces of rye. Bulleit Rye is my go-to, but any top-shelf rye will do.

Pour in 2 ounces of rye. Bulleit Rye is my go-to, but any top-shelf rye will do.

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Now, add ice up to the brim of the glass. Waterford hand-cut old fashioned glass not required, but it might make you feel fancier.

Now, add ice up to the brim of the glass. Waterford hand-cut old fashioned glass not required, but it might make you feel fancier.

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Stir with a bar spoon for a few seconds. Spin the entire mixture of ice and drink in a circle without crushing the ice by facing the spoon into the center and letting it spin loosely in your hand.

Stir with a bar spoon for a few seconds. Spin the entire mixture of ice and drink in a circle without crushing the ice by facing the spoon into the center and letting it spin loosely in your hand.

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You're all finished. Make a second for a good friend and enjoy!

You're all finished. Make a second for a good friend and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 Orange Slice 
2 Ounces Rye 
Ounces Simple Syrup 
1 Maraschino Cherry 
Bitters 
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