Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium's Old Fashioned

A cocktail garnished with orange peel and a cherry.
The Canon Old Fashioned eschews ice in the name of tradition. This photo and recipe are excerpted courtesy of “The Canon Cocktail Book: Recipes from the Award-Winning Bar.”

Featured in “The Canon Cocktail Book: Recipes from the Award-Winning Bar,” this Old Fashioned cites the Sazerac as its reason for eschewing ice.


  • 2 ounces spirit of your choice
  • 14 ounce simple (rich) syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters


In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the spirit, simple syrup and bitters. Shake and strain into a rocks glass without ice. Garnish with orange zest and a cherry.

To make simple syrup (rich syrup)

  • 4 cups distilled water
  • 8 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 ounce Everclear grain alcohol 151 proof (optional)

Add the water and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Add the Everclear for stability, if desired. Pour into an appropriate-size bottle, cap, and refrigerate until needed. (Makes about 1 liter.)

**Griottines is a brand of wild Morello cherries that are pitted and packed in Kirsch liqueur from France. They are sold throughout the world, and available online on websites like Amazon. Pick up a jar to have on hand.