It’s a Sweet Old Fashioned

Sweet Old Fashioned

I sometimes order a cocktail or a glass of wine when out to dinner. Depending on my mood, if it’s a  cocktail it is often a “sweet old fashioned”. The ingredients call for rye, brandy or bourbon; but my favorite liquor of choice is bourbon. Jack Daniels is the brand I use and I won’t kid you, this is a very strong drink….not for the weak!  It is also  a delicious alternative from another of my favorite cocktails, the Sazarac.

My husband and I were out to dinner recently at one of Atlanta’s finest restaurants and before being seated, I checked with the bartender and asked if he knew how to make this drink. He assured me he did, but I guess I must wait to get back to New Orleans for my girlfriend to make me a great one. Joe Ann, look for me real soon.


  1. Place 1/2 t of loose sugar in the bottom of an Old-Fashioned glass or a tablespoon of  simple syrup.
  2. Add two or three dashes of Angostura bitters and one t of water.
  3. Muddle (mash), 3 Maraschino cherries, stems removed, into the  sugar bitter mixture.
  4. Add ice cubes to the rocks glass
  5. Stir and then add 2 oz. of bourbon and stir again.
  6. Add a slice of orange and serve.

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