So you should know before we get started that this is a whiskey drink. I didn’t drink whiskey either until I started watching Mad Men and fell in love with the sound of an Old Fashioned. Silly, right? But that’s the way my fickle mind works. It’s actually nothing like the (firewater) whiskey I recall swigging as a hellbent teenager. This is a refined, Don Draper-esque drink that benefits from a decent glug of mellow rye or even bourbon (luckily my sister-out-law works in the whiskey industry, so tiny cocktail-portion sized bottles are often forthcoming). You can, of course, go top dollar and sample the excellent Old Fashioned at Jackson & Rye. I had one last night and can report it was spot on. But it’s always nice to know how to build you own…

Okay this is sort of cheating, but I always use this recipe from one of my favourite food blogs, Sprouted Kitchen. I can tell you though, if you’re reading this in a supermarket booze aisle, that you will need the following:


  • A decent malt whiskey
  • Bitters – I like Regan’s No.6 orange bitters
  • Brown sugar
  • Peel from an unwaxed orange
  • Ice
  • A hankering to start drinking at 9am like they do at Stirling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce (or whatever it’s called these days).

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child