In the good ol’ days of 1832, if real men weren’t out fighting bears with their hands, they were drinking whiskey. Some proto-hipster gentleman ordered his a little differently, and we should be grateful. It became a thing. Since it was the only whiskey cocktail at the time, people were super original and named it the “Whiskey Cocktail.”

Modern recipes add several extra ingredients. There are a lot of poser “Old-Fashioned” Whiskey Cocktails out there, which take several minutes to make. And a trip to the market just for fancy garnish. Here’s how to make a true Whiskey Cocktail, without all the frills. It should take just less than a minute.

I recommend using Jameson Irish whiskey. Also use Angostura bitters – they can come in handy for other Spoon drink recipes, and were around back then. Now let’s start mixin’.

1832 Whiskey Cocktail

  • Prep Time:20 seconds
  • Cook Time:55 seconds
  • Total Time:75 seconds
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 shot whiskey
  • Ice cubes
Photo by Ceci Leng
  • Step 1

    Mix your sugar, water, and bitters together in an old fashioned/rocks/whiskey glass.

    #SpoonTip: The first dashes of Angostura bitters tend to hit the upper sides of a vertical glass – angle it so they hit the bottom.

    Photo by Ceci Leng
  • Step 2

    Add ice on top of the mixture.

  • Step 3

    Pour your whiskey shot over the ice.

    Photo by Ceci Leng
  • Step 4

    Stir the whole drink several times. Stir briefly before each sip for the best flavor.


    Photo by Ceci Leng