World Whisky Day: How to make a whisky old fashioned

Toast the weekend with this easy to make whisky cocktail.

Published 17th May 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

One of the best loved cocktails, a whisky old fashioned is an ideal drink for those looking to try whisky for the first time.

This recipe uses Loch Lomond single malt, and was developed by Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia Single Malt brand ambassador, Ibon Mendiguren.


50ml Loch Lomond Original Single Malt whisky
Angostura bitters
150g sugar
150ml water
Ice (larger the better)


To make the simple syrup, heat the water till it simmers.

Add the sugar and continue to heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.

In a mixing glass, add 4-5 tbsp of simple syrup and a few drops of Angostura bitters.

Add a splash of whisky and mix.

Add ice cubes and stir well to blend the flavours.

Chill a serving glass by placing the glass in cold water.

Add more ice and the rest of the whisky and continue to stir.

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Strain the cocktail mix from the mixing glass into a chilled glass with ice.

Garnish the cocktail with a twist of orange peel and serve.

Video: Craig Sinclair

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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