Old Fashioned Cocktails (for a Crowd) Recipe

Old Fashioned Cocktails (for a Crowd) Recipe

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Old Fashioned cocktails, made with bourbon or rye, are great for making a big batch in advance of a party, so they're perfect for fall or winter gatherings.

Why It Works

  • Stirring a cocktail with ice adds water to dilute the drink. Since this cocktail is chilled in a big batch, that water is added as an ingredient before chilling.
  • Making cocktails in advance allows guests to serve themselves.
  • Yield:Serves 12
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 1 (750ml) bottle bourbon or rye
  • 1 ounce (30ml) simple syrup (see note)
  • 10 to 12 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 ounces (120ml) water


  1. 1.

    Using a funnel, add entire contents of bourbon or rye bottle to an empty sealable 1-liter bottle. Add simple syrup, bitters, and water and seal. Shake well to mix and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  2. 2.

    To serve, fill glasses with ice, if desired. Pour 2 to 3 ounces per glass.