9 Mar

Recipe Series: Smokey Old Fashioned

The perfect cocktail for cooler autumn evenings; smoky, bold, and slightly sweet. For all of its suave simplicity, the Old Fashioned remains as relevant today as it was 200 years ago.

A delightful twist on a true classic cocktail, perfected by the team at Eichardt’s Bar.


  • 60ml Smoked Bourbon
  • 1 spoon Brown Sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 5ml Soda Water
  • Orange peel


  • Long Bar Spoon
  • Cobbler Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Lots of ice
  • Lowball whiskey glass


  • Smoke your bourbon in the oven – we cold smoke using wet manuka wood chips
  • Add the sugar and bitters into a mixing glass, then add the soda water, and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice, add the bourbon, and stir until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a lowball glass over one large ice cube.
  • Squeeze your orange peel over the top of the glass to express the oil, then lightly burn the peel with a lighter and drop into the glass to garnish.

Tip: Start by using good bourbon, the rule being that if you wouldn’t sip it by itself, it has no place in a cocktail

Tip: You can use brown sugar simple syrup instead of just sugar itself, made in a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water.

Tip: Always use quality ice and ensure drink is not over stirred, and therefore over diluted