The Old Fashioned Classic Recipe

Sugar. Bitters. Whiskey. It's hard to improve on such a pared-down, basic and, yes, delicious cocktail. But Litrell does it through a simple modification of the sweetener. Instead of dissolving sugar with bitters and booze, as many traditional recipes do, he makes a concentrated syrup of raw (Demerara) sugar, adding a newfound richness to the historic drink.

Recipe adapted from Jason Litrell, Death & Co., New York City

Classic Old-Fashioned
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Make this Classic Old-Fashioned cocktail from Jason Litrell at Death & Co. in New York City.
  • Ice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • :::1 teaspoon rich Demerara syrup (2:1 ratio):::
  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 large ice cube
  • Lemon peel
  • Orange peel
  1. In a mixing glass, add the ice. Add the bitters, Demerara syrup and whiskey. Stir until chilled, then strain into a rocks glass filled with the large ice cube. Garnish with the lemon and orange peels and serve.
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