Kocktails with Karly: The Old Fashioned 

Conoisoirs of class! Hello, dahlings!

My Johncarl, my firstborn little boss of a boy, my baby king turned two on Saturday – and naturally, we had a badass party. My mom flew down to Austin to spend the week with us and be our “party bitch” – a role which proved quite fruitful! Some time ago during her trip to visit us when we lived in L.A., we had fabulous Old Fashioneds at The Welsbourne and this week my mama thought it would be wonderful to recreate it. Welcome to Kocktails with Karly!

Luckily I had everything we needed for this drink except the whiskey. Praise the Lord for the sweet local liquor store right next to the pizza joint. HOLLA. I invited my friend over, picked up Buffalo Trace and we were ready to make the hell out of some Old Fashioneds!

… Then Alex came down with a fever straight from the fires of hell and Johncarl threw up five times. So yeah. Our Old Fashioned soirée didn’t go quite as planned.

After changing clothes four times (always somehow in the vomzone), we decided to still make the cocktail out of desperation rather than for funsies. We were so fortunate that the day before mom had the brilliant idea to make block ice cubes in my muffin tin, and they fit perfectly in our little glasses. Using a big block of ice rather than smaller cubes keeps the drink from getting diluted as quickly. My mama, the wisest of women. 


The Old Fashioned


  • 2oz Bourbon 
  • Bar spoon of simple syrup 
  • 2 dashes angostura aromatic bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters 
  • Original maraschino cherries


  • In a bar glass with ice add bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters and stir with bar spoon
  • Pour into old fashioned glass over block ice, garnish with maraschino cherry or orange twist 

Look at them. They’re glorious and delicious and classy AF. 



I have already made this drink twice this week and want one just thinking about it right now. I’m going to take this moment to encourage you to put on your classy-pants and make this cocktail. I do believe this is going to be my go-to I-need-to-feel-like-a-classy-lady-and-a-badass drink. 

Get classy. Cheers!

1 Comment

  1. Sorry the day didn’t quite go as planned but it sounds like it was still the perfect drink!

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