Classic Old Fashioned

This vintage drink, dating back to the early 1800s, is said to be the “original” cocktail. Originating from Kentucky, this drink was the proud concoction of prominent bourbon noble James E. Pepper, bartender for the Pendennis Club, a private social club. Today, however, the Old Fashioned is making a huge comeback, and it is no longer made for the manliest of men; now it is seen in the hands of sophisticated and refined women as well. This drink is meant to be sipped slowly, so one can take in all the brisk flavors of the bourbon whisky and the bitter taste of cranberries and orange. Some might add water or soda to bring down the strong taste of the whisky, but we chose to keep this simple. It would be a disservice to change the recipe too much as it is, in fact, meant to be old fashioned.

Creating a simple cranberry, orange, and ginger compote is the only modern twist to this classic cocktail. It combines the traditional orange flavors with a subtle sweetness from the cranberries and coconut sugar. Reserve some orange rind for the finishing touch — twist and release the oils into the cocktail, then drop into the glass. Simply allow the ice to melt and sip mindfully, allowing this classic cocktail to warm you up on these cold winter days.



Cranberry Orange Compote

3 C (1 package) fresh cranberries

½ Orange, juiced (approx. 3 Tbsp)

¼ C Coconut Sugar

½ Tbsp Ginger

½ tsp cinnamon

Old Fashioned

4 oz bourbon whisky

4 splashes of angora bitters

4 Tbsp Cranberry Orange Compote


Orange rind

Cranberries to garnish


Cranberry Orange Compote

  1. Over low-medium heat, combine cranberries, orange juice, coconut sugar, ginger, and cinnamon.
  2. Mash and stir until all of the cranberries are broken down, approx. 10 min.
  3. Remove from heat and cool.


Old Fashioned

  1. Combine whisky, bitters, compote, and ice in a shaker. Shake until very cold, approx. 1 min.
  2. In a short glass, pour contents of the shaker over ice cubes. Remove the ice cubes from the shaker and add the compote to the glass.
  3. Squeeze an orange rind over the glass to extract the oil. Add rind and a few cranberries for garnish.
  4. Serve and sip!



Becky Bayda
Becky is completing her education towards Holistic Nutrition and is focusing her research on mental health and sports. She uses her blog to help share her vision and knowledge, which focuses on restoring balance and empowering people through wholesome living.