An Old Fashioned Cocktail is a sophisticated blend of bourbon, bitters, sugar and sometimes a splash of soda or water finished with an orange peel.

Recipe and photo by Tanya Schaap

Hy's Old Fashioned

Author Savour Calgary


  • 1 orange peel
  • 2 oz Chairman's Select 100% rye or Evan Williams bourbon
  • 1/2 oz demerara simple syrup
  • 7 dashes Angostura bitters


  • Peel ribbon of orange and release the essential oils by bruising the peel into a mixing glass with the demerara simple syrup.
  • Add ice, bitters, rye or bourbon.
  • Stir to the count of 10. Strain over ice into rocks glass. Garnish with a thick orange ribbon.


Demerara simple syrup is made with equal parts water and sugar. Bring 1 cup of water to a biol. Add 1 cup of demerara (dark brown) sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.