Old Fashioned on the Rocks



Short & Boozy

Preptime: 2 minutes

Servings: 1

The Old Fashioned on the Rocks is a twist on the classic cocktail, served over multiple small ice cubes for faster dilution and a unique flavor profile, allowing the spirit's lighter notes to shine. To make it at home, muddle sugar and bitters, add small ice cubes, whisky, and stir gently. Garnish with a citrus peel. Sip and savor!


  • Rocks glass
  • Jigger
  • Bar spoon


  • 6 cl Burbon
  • 1 Bar Spoon Simple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitter
  • Orange Zest (Garnish)
  1. Add ingredients into glass
  2. Fill glass with ice
  3. Stir to mix
  4. Garnish with orange zest

Block ice vs. ice cubes

Why use one large ice cube compared to filling the glass with smaller ones?

It's mainly a matter of religion, but it does make different drinks. In the case of the old-fashioned, it becomes very obvious.

This Old Fashioned is served on ice cubes, which will dilute and change the taste of the cocktail during the drinking experience. That is not a bad thing.

Comparatively, an Old Fashioned served on a large cube only very slowly dilutes further after serving, making the drink more consistent over the span of the drinking experience. 

In the first case,  the cocktail starts with a punch in the face, then gets lighter and more thirst-quenching, and the last sip has you smacking your lips and looking for the next one. In the latter case, you will stay with the booze-forward expression throughout the drink.

Really, it’s a matter of taste.

Spirits used to make Old Fashioned on the Rocks

Other recipes