The Old Fashioned cocktail stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of classic mixology, it’s roots intertwined with the rich tapestry of cocktails history. But where did this iconic libation originate and who can be credited with its invention.

Pinpointing the exact birthplace of the Old Fashioned is no simple task, as its origins are shrouded in the mists of time and obscured by layers of cocktail lore. However, one prevailing theory suggests that the Old Fashioned first emerged in the early 19th Century in the bustling city of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville, known for its vibrant bourbon culture and storied distilling heritage, provides a backdrop for the birth of such an iconic bourbon-based cocktail. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender who worked in the Pendennis Club a gentlemen’s Club in honour of Colonel James. E. Pepper who bought it to the Waldorf Astoria hotel bar in New York City and as the saying goes the rest is history…

In conclusion, the Old Fashioned cocktail stands a testament to the enduring allure of classic mixology, its origins steeped in history and tradition. One thing for certain the Old Fashioned continues to hold a special place in the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts everywhere, its timeless flavours transcending the boundaries of time and taste. So, whether you prefer to sip it or mix it up raise a glass to the Old Fashioned – a true icon of cocktail culture, see you in the Members Bar.



  • 60ml Makers Mark Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon of raw cane sugar
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Orange peel

To make an Old Fashioned:

  • Add a teaspoon of raw cane sugar, and add bitters a little goes a long way, two or three drops will add much depth to your Old Fashioned
  • Ice cubes or an Ice ball are more than just cool to look at it melts slower allowing the flavours to stand up longer
  • Add Maker’s Mark and stir
  • Twist orange peel directly over your serving glass to release the citrus oils which adds a fresh essence and pleasing aroma to the drink
  • Garnish with orange peel and enjoy