Bob's Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Old Fashioned is one of the oldest known cocktails, dating back to the early 19th century. It was originally referred to as a 'whiskey cocktail' and was enjoyed by those who appreciated a strong, slow-sipping drink. The 'Bob's Old Fashioned' is a personal twist on this classic, introduced by a regular patron named Bob at our bar. He preferred his Old Fashioned with a hint of maple syrup, which added a unique sweetness that perfectly balanced the strong whiskey.

  • Ideal for whiskey lovers
  • Perfect for slow sipping
  • Great for those who appreciate a balance of sweet and strong flavors

How Bob's Old Fashioned Tastes?

Bob's Old Fashioned is a harmonious blend of strong, sweet, and slightly bitter flavors. The whiskey provides a robust, smoky base, while the maple syrup adds a rich, sweet undertone. The bitters give it a subtle, complex edge, making it a well-rounded, satisfying cocktail.

Interesting facts about Bob's Old Fashioned

  • The Old Fashioned is often considered the 'original' cocktail.
  • The use of maple syrup in Bob's Old Fashioned gives it a unique, Canadian twist.
  • Despite its simplicity, the Old Fashioned remains one of the most popular cocktails worldwide.


  • Whiskey: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Maple syrup: 1tsp
  • Angostura bitters: 3dashes
  • Orange peel: 1piece
  • Ice cubes: as needed

Whiskey: 2oz

The heart of any Old Fashioned, whiskey provides the core warmth and depth. It's typically aged, which contributes vanilla and caramel notes. Dive below 2oz and you'll miss the boat on flavor; crest above and you could sink in its strength.

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Maple Syrup: 1tsp

The Canadian cousin to sugar, maple syrup adds a smooth, refined sweetness, and a hint of forest whimsy to the drink. Forget it, and you leave your Old Fashioned parched for sweetness. Swap for honey or agave and you'll veer into a different kind of sweet profile.

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Angostura Bitters: 3 dashes

These are the seasoning of the cocktail world. Just as salt in a stew, a few dashes bring balance to sweet and potent whiskey, gifting it complexity and depth. Abandon them and your Old Fashioned becomes one-dimensional. Get heavy-handed and you'll be adrift in a bitter sea.

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Orange Peel: 1 piece

Like the zest in life, the orange peel gives an aromatic lift to the nose and a bright citrus note that complements the rich, warming flavors. Discard it and you lose that essential pop. Swap for lemon and you'll twist into a sharper, zestier place.

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Ice Cubes: as needed

Like the cool side of the pillow, ice's role is to chill and mellow, smoothing out any hard edges and bringing everything together, temperature-wise. No ice? You're holding on to a warm embrace a tad too long. Too much and you're adrift in a diluted daydream.

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Recipe. How to make Bob's Old Fashioned Drink

  1. Add the maple syrup, bitters, and a splash of water to a lowball glass.
  2. Stir until the syrup is dissolved.
  3. Add the whiskey and stir again.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir until chilled.
  5. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Pro Tips

Use a large ice cube for slower dilution.

  • Always use fresh orange peel for the garnish.
  • Stir the cocktail gently to avoid over-dilution.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Boards: The rich flavors of cured meats and various cheeses complement the blend of whiskey and sweetness in Bob's Old Fashioned.
  • Smoked Salmon: The smoky flavor ties in nicely with the oak notes of the whiskey.
  • Nuts: Almonds, pecans, or walnuts are great for munching alongside this hearty drink.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Steak: A classic pairing, the savory umami flavors of the meat bring out the best in the whiskey.
  • Barbecue Pork: The maple syrup in the cocktail can harmonize with the sweet and smoky flavors of the barbecue.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Pair with earthy vegetables like beets or sweet potatoes for a wholesome balance.


  • Dark Chocolate: The bitterness of the chocolate pairs well with the sweet and spicy notes of the cocktail.
  • Bread Pudding: A dessert with its own rich history, much like the Old Fashioned, makes for a nostalgic end to a meal.
  • Apple Pie: The cinnamon and apple flavors can be a delightful match to the whiskey's warmth.

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What you could change in Bob's Old Fashioned

You can substitute the whiskey with bourbon or rye.

  • If you don't have maple syrup, you can use simple syrup or honey instead.

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Smoked Old Fashioned

  • Ingredients: 2oz Whiskey, 1tsp Maple Syrup, 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, Orange Peel, Smoke
  • Recipe: Follow Bob's Old Fashioned recipe, but before adding the whiskey, infuse the glass with smoke from a burnt wood chip, covering it for a minute, then stir in the whiskey. Change: The drink takes on a campfire spirit, marrying the whiskey's depth with the primal scent of the wild.

Spiced Maple Old Fashioned

  • Ingredients: 2oz Rye Whiskey, 1tsp Spiced Maple Syrup, 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, Cinnamon Stick, Orange Peel
  • Recipe: Use spiced maple syrup instead of plain, and garnish with both an orange peel and a cinnamon stick. Change: This brings autumn directly into your glass, the spiced syrup weaving tales of harvest festivals with every sip.

Apple Cider Old Fashioned

  • Ingredients: 1.5oz Whiskey, 0.5oz Apple Cider, 1tsp Maple Syrup, 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, Apple Slice, Orange Peel
  • Recipe: Reduce whiskey to 1.5oz and add 0.5oz of apple cider. Stir and garnish with an apple slice along with the orange peel. Change: The apple cider curtsies gracefully with the whiskey, adding a fresh orchard twist to the classic.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bob's Old Fashioned

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bob's Old Fashioned

What is the best type of whiskey to use in an Old Fashioned?

Bourbon or Rye whiskey is often used, but it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

How should I choose the maple syrup?

Opt for pure, dark maple syrup for the richest flavor. Lighter syrups can also be used for a more subtle impact.

What are the best brands of Angostura Bitters?

Keyboard Master and El Guapo Bitters are two of the many trusted brands available.

Can I use another type of citrus instead of an orange peel for the garnish?

Yes, lemon or grapefruit peel can be used, but it will slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.

Why does the cocktail have a deep amber color?

The rich amber color is due to the presence of whiskey and maple syrup.

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