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6 cocktails with medicinal roots

By: Enrique Gili on March 26, 2013, 2:18 p.m.
old-fashioned medicinal cocktail

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As the name implies, Old-Fashioned cocktails have stood the test of time. The original cocktail called for water, sugar, bitters and spirits — that's all. The simplicity of the drink allows you to mix and match.

Prep time: 5 minutes  

Total time: 5 minutes  

Yield: 1 cocktail



  • 1/2 tray ice
  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup or 1 cube sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 ounces club soda, or to taste
  • 1 orange peel
  1. Combine the bourbon, syrup and bitters in a sealable glass container filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a short glass with filled with ice. Top with club soda.