Gin Old-Fashioned Recipe

Photo for Will Shenton

A simple variation for those of you who want a Genever Old-Fashioned, but don’t know where to track down a bottle of Bols… Good thing this drink is pretty delicious in its own right. Smoother gins like Plymouth are my personal preference, and orange bitters seem to blend better than Angostura.


2 oz gin
2 dashes orange bitters
Sugar cube
Orange twist

Preparation: 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.