Mile High Spirits Fireside Premade Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, originally whiskey but now sometimes brandy and finally a twist of citrus rind. It is traditionally served in a short, round, tumbler-like glass, which is called an Old Fashioned glass, after the drink.


The Old Fashioned, developed during the 19th century and given its name in the 1880s, is an IBA Official Cocktail. It is also one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

The first use of the name “Old Fashioned” for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.


George Kappeler provides several of the earliest published recipes for Old Fashioned cocktails in his 1895 book. Recipes are given for Whiskey, Brandy, Holland gin, and Old Tom gin. The Whiskey Old Fashioned recipe specifies the following (with a jigger being 2 US fluid ounces (59 ml)

Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass;

add two dashes Angostura bitters,

a small piece of ice, a piece of lemon-peel, one jigger whiskey.

Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass

A book by David Embury published in 1948 provides a slight variation, specifying 12 parts American whiskey, 1 part simple syrup, 1-3 dashes Angostura bitters, a twist of lemon peel over the top, and serve garnished with the lemon peel.  Two additional recipes from the 1900s vary in the precise ingredients, but omit the cherry which was introduced after 1930 as well as the soda water which the occasional recipe calls for. Orange bitters were a popular ingredient in the late 19th century.


The original Old Fashioned recipe would have showcased the whiskey available in America in the 19th century: Irish, Bourbon or rye whiskey.

Common garnishes for an Old Fashioned include an orange slice or a maraschino cherry or both, although these modifications came around 1930, some time after the original recipe was invented. While some recipes began making sparse use of the orange zest for flavor, the practice of muddling orange and other fruit gained prevalence as late as the 1990s

West Vail Liquor Mart now carries Mile High Spirits Bourbon Old Fashioned.  It is a pre-made cocktail that includes Fireside Colorado Bourbon, angostura bitters, orange essence, and cherry flavors.  Everything you need for an old fashioned cocktail ready to go in a bottle.  It is 80 proof, which makes it different from most premixed cocktails that come in at a much lower proof.  At $27.99 for a 750ml bottle it is a great value for someone looking for an old fashioned cocktail that doesn’t want to break the bank with buying extra garnishes and ingredients.  Come by and pick up a bottle next time you are looking to streamline your cocktail experience!