A whisky based tipple that has stood the test of time – meet the ultimate survivor; The Lakes Old Fashioned…

The Old Fashioned: A Stylish Classic

Unlike the short-lived, over-extravagant and downright fussy cocktails that we often see in bar culture today, the Old Fashioned unabashedly refuses to be modern. For decades, it has maintained its iconic status among whisky devotees and cocktail extraordinaires… and who can blame them? Traditional ingredients, perfectly balanced flavours and a no-nonsense serve, this is the perfect winter warmer that has stood the test of time. But, amid this acclaim, the Old Fashioned has become somewhat unapproachable. Fellow mixologists, do not despair! We have the perfect little guide so you can make the Lakes Old Fashioned from home.

A History

This drink was first published in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book, “The Bar-Tender’s Guide”, although it dates back roughly to 1800. Back then it was named the ‘Whiskey Cocktail’ and was typically served in a wine glass without ice. The drink has experienced rises and falls since its creation. It valiantly conquered the Prohibition era, it reigned supreme during the disco days of the ’70s, and despite being over 200 years old, it’s still being ordered and enjoyed by many today. With no sign of its demise in sight, this is truly a testament to a perfectly balanced cocktail. It can be thrown together with ordinary products and its still pretty darn good. But, making it with Lakes spirit? … Second to none.


Jerry Thomas

How do I make it?

The Recipe

50ml of The ONE British Isles Blended Whisky
1 tea spoon of sugar
1 Orange Peel
3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters


The Method

Combine the sugar and bitters in a rocks glass. Add four ice cubes and the whisky. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Behold, the Lakes Old Fashioned…


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