Ultimate Old Fashioned

The Old-Fashioned is the archetypal American whiskey cocktail, created in the late 17th century as a way to smooth out some of the harsher notes found in pre-prohibition whiskeys. As the cocktail spread around the world, the recipe changed, becoming a way of accentuating the flavours of the spirit.

When using a high quality single malt whisky such as The Glenlivet 18 Year Old, the key is to use the finest possible ingredients, the freshest oranges and a blend of bitters designed specifically to bring out the very best of the whisky. The strong and warming properties make this scotch old fashioned the perfect cocktail to make at home.



ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
50 ml
Unrefined Cane Sugar
5 g
Perfect Bitters Blend
2 dashes


  1. Add the unrefined caster sugar into the glass and add a little whisky and ice.
  2. Stir slowly to dissolve the sugar for about half a minute, add a little more whisky and the bitters and continue to stir for another minute.
  3. Add the remaining whisky and stir, taste for balance and adjust if necessary.
  4. Garnish with a large orange twist expressed over the surface of the drink.


  1. Mix two parts of Angostura bitters with single parts of Bob’s Bitters Orange and Mandarin, Fee Brother’s Plum and Peychaud’s bitters.
  2. Leave to marry for at least a couple of hours.

Feel free to experiment with your own version of perfect bitters!

Top tip: put your spin on a classic cocktail with our Old Fashioned variations.

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