Old Fashioned
This is a firm Convivio favourite. It's possibly the original cocktail, and is hard to beat for late-night sipping.


  • 2 measures Bourbon
  • a couple of dashes of bitters
  • a few drops of orange bitters (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons (total 10ml) of maple syrup / agave syrup
  • 2 slices of orange peel, one to spritz, one cut decoratively to garnish
  • lots of ice


  1. 1.
    Fill the drinking glass with ice. We'll mix in this glass.
  2. 2.
    Add a few dashes of the bitters over the ice (both if you're using both)
  3. 3.
    Add the maple or agave syrup.
  4. 4.
    Add a small amount of the whiskey to loosen up the mix. Stir thoroughly, but gently, for a while. Don't break up the ice, just mix the ingedients well over the ice. Add more ice if needed.
  5. 5.
    Add the rest of that measure of boubon. Again, stir gentky for a while. Add more ice if needed
  6. 6.
    Add the remaining measure of bourbon, and mix well.


  • Add a few drops of food-grade liquid smoke (available in handy bottles like bitters). You may want to add a bit more syrup if you do this.
  • Use fresh cherries in summer instead of orange peel. Score the skins lightly.
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