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An old-style old fashioned gets fresh flavor

Orgeat Old Fashioned

Appears in May-June 2017

5 minutes

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Orgeat Old Fashioned

Classic old fashioneds are made with angostura bitters, but we liked the way orange bitters accented the almond-floral flavors of the orgeat. We liked Woodford Reserve Orange Bitters best, but the more common Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters also were good. The intensity of the orgeat flavor varies by brand. Taste yours; if it's particularly strong, reduce it to ¼ ounce and add ¼ ounce simple syrup. Mid-range bourbons, such as Bulleit or Jefferson's Very Small Batch, work best for an old fashioned. Save top shelf bottles for enjoying neat.



5 minutes


  • ounces bourbon

  • ½

    ounce orgeat

Lawrence G.

Which brand of orgeat syrup do you use? Most of the better brands are cloudy resulting in a finished drink that stays very cloudy.

Lynn C.

Hi Lawrence -

We checked in with J.M. Hirsch and he said most orgeat syrup is cloudy, unfortunately. He's had the best luck with Collins and El Guapo brand which are the least cloudy he's found. Good luck!

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Elizabeth C.

Do you have a post for the recipe for an Old Fashioned discussed in the podcast dated December 10th? It came up in the phone calls.

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