My take on the Templeton Rye Old Fashioned

March 13, 2010



While it's not St. Patrick's Day related, an Old Fashioned is still a tasty drink... I've been having mine with Templeton Rye lately, and it always comes out smooth and just sweet enough for my taste.

Last night I made a batch, but instead of following Templeton Rye's standard recipe like I usually do, I decided to mix things up a bit. Since I had some blood oranges and West Indian Orange Bitters (my new favorite bar ingredient) I skipped the orange wedge, cherry, and Angostura...

Hopefully I won't upset any old schoolers, but I preferred my version a bit better. The blood orange mash was sweet without being acidic, and it took the Templeton Rye very well — smooth, sweet, cold, and warm all at the same time. Perfect.

Templeton Rye Old Fashioned


Templeton Rye Old Fashioned, Redux

  1. Add 1oz of simple syrup (homemade or bottled) to a nice rocks glass
  2. Add five dashes of West Indian Orange Bitters
  3. Muddle one blood orange wedge, adding the juice (and some pulp if you like) to the glass
  4. Fill glass with ice and 3oz of Templeton Rye
  5. Stir and enjoy

Here is the original recipe, straight from the source. Let me know which one you like better! And if you're interested in more Templeton Rye recipes, they have a whole bunch on their website.

Templeton Rye Old Fashioned, The Original

  1. Dissolve a small lump of sugar with water in a whiskey glass
  2. Add two dashes of Angostura bitters, one orange wedge, and one cherry
  3. Muddle all ingredients together into the bottom of the glass
  4. Fill glass with ice and 2oz of Templeton Rye Whiskey
  5. Top with distilled water if desired