Gin Old-Fashioned Recipe

Gin, Orange Bitters, Simple Syrup, Orange Twist
Photo for Will Shenton

The Gin Old-Fashioned is a straightforward Old-Fashioned variation that simply swaps the whiskey for gin (pretty self-explanatory, eh?). We've found that orange bitters work better with gin than standard Angostura bitters, and you'll probably want to use a modern gin or Plymouth gin that isn't so juniper-forward—unless you really like getting punch in the nose with botanicals, in which case feel free to use a London Dry.

The Gin Old-Fashioned is similar to a Genever Old-Fashioned, though gin has significantly less malty character than genever. As a result, it can be a little harsher, and we'd probably recommend trying that recipe first if you're more of a whiskey drinker. Alternatively, you can always use a barrel-aged gin, or something like St. George Dry Rye Gin, which is very whiskey-like.

Gin Old-Fashioned Ingredients

2 oz gin
2 dashes orange bitters
Sugar cube
Orange twist

How to make a Gin Old-Fashioned

  1. Add sugar cube, two dashes of orange bitters, and a few drops of warm water to the bottom of an Old-Fashioned glass and muddle until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add 2 ounces of your favorite gin.
  3. Add one large ice cube. The best ones barely fit inside the glass.
  4. Finally, cut a slice of peel from a fresh, firm orange using a vegetable peeler or channel knife. Aiming the cut side over the surface of the drink, twist it to squeeze out a mist of essential oils, then drop it in the glass.