151 Old-Fashioned


Courtesy of David Alan of the Tipsy Texan

In the latter days of the 20th century, the old-fashioned came to be known as a whiskey cocktail sweetened with muddled fruit and bitters. In an earlier time "old fashioned" referred to a type of preparation that resembled the earliest combination of ingredients to be called a cocktail. Here, I've taken very stout rum and prepared it in the way of an "old fashioned" cocktail: diluted with a little water, slightly sweetened and flavored with bitters and citrus zest. No muddling required.


151 Old-Fashioned


For 1 Person(s)


  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 ounce filtered water
  • 1 1/2 ounce Lemon Hart 151 Rum
  • 1 dash The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters or Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters
  • 1 strip of orange zest
  • 1 strip of lemon zest

151 Old-Fashioned Directions

  1. Place the sugar in the bottom of a mixing glass, add the water and stir until dissolved (more water is used here than usual due to the high proof of the spirit).
  2. Add the rum and bitters and stir to chill.
  3. Remove the orange and lemon zest and twist over a double old-fashioned glass to express the oils.
  4. Drop the zests into the glass and pour in the chilled cocktail. Garnish with several large ice cubes.

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