The Manchester Old Old Fashioned - a take on and old classic...

The Old Fashioned is traditionally a whiskey based cocktail, but has recipes with rum, gin or brandy and always a significant dose of bitters and spices. The first use of the name "Old Fashioned" was a Bourbon whiskey cocktail in a gentlemen's club in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe apparently invented in honour of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller to showcase the the liquor he had help make famous. 

What you need:

  • A shaker or stirring glass
  • A bar spoon (a teaspoon will do)


  • 2 parts Dalton's Element Spiced Rum
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 splash of water
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange peel or a glace cherry...

How to mix

  1. Add the sugar and Angostura Bitters to a rocks glass with a single ice cube... remember to be sparing with the Bitters at this stage so you dont over power the cocktail.
  2. Stir the mix until the ice cube has melted enough to dissolve the sugar. 
  3. Add another 3 to 4 ice cubes and a splash of the Dalton's Element to melt some of the ice.
  4. Top up the glass with more ice and add the rest of the Dalton's Element Spiced rum, then stir. 
  5. This is a cheeky trick that is helpful with a lot of different cocktails: Being really careful not to bend the peel, cut a piece of orange peel, roughly the size of your thumb. Hold the piece of orange peel over the glass and bend it to release some oil into the drink.
  6. Garnish with the orange peel or the glace cheery to the drink, stir a couple more times and serve. It’s well worth the wait.

Thats a Manchester Old Old Fashioned