The Hooch Life


Old-Fashioned Rye Whiskey Drink Recipe

How to Make

Place orange peel, sugar cube and Angostura bitters in the bottom of a short tumbler. Add club soda to the top of the cube. Muddle gently until the sugar is dissolved, forming a syrup and expressing the oils from the orange peel. Add whiskey and ice, and stir. Garnish with a fresh peel of an orange or lemon to your taste.


Makes one drink:

  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon club soda
  • 1 Orange Peel


1 Orange peel or lemon peel

Prep Time

3 minutes


  • Bar Spoon
  • Knife
  • Muddler
  • Short Tumbler

Bartender Stories

Alexandra Geppert

"You're not old enough to order that drink!" scoffed the barman. "Oh sorry," I said sheepishly as I fumbled to pull out my ID. "Here's my ID sir, I showed the other bartender." He reappeared and slid my whiskey cocktail in front of me and said: "What's a girl like you having a drink like this for? Must have been a hell of a day, kid. Cheers." This is my all-time favorite cocktail: potent, classic, unpretentious. My first cocktail after a job well done. The oils of the orange peel meld into my favorite rye whiskey and the Angostura bitters (I can never add enough) create a coherence and depth through its natural spices. Savoring a short tumbler after a hell of a day starts with the strong and bitter taste of reflection and ends with a "cheers."