The Savoy Old Fashioned Recipe

The Savoy Old Fashioned cocktail recipe with Canadian Club whisky and Angostura Bitters.

Simple, cheap, effective.

Well where to begin with this one? It’s a Savoy Old Fashioned, for Old Fashioned Friday, from the book Old Fashioned by Robert Simonson. Old Fashioned cubed, perhaps. This recipe hails from pre-prohibition and was recorded by London based barman Harry Craddock in the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 Lump of Sugar
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Glass of Rye or Canadian Club whisky
  • 1 Orange Slice & one Lemon Twist for garnish.

Place your lump of sugar in your glass, douse it with the bitters, and muddle together with the whiskey. Once dissolved, add lump of ice and your garnishes, and serve.

It doesn’t get much more basic than this and as the book notes, this was likely the Old Fashioned the average man would be drinking during and even post prohibition as Canadian whiskey was the most readily available spirit. It’s a rather sweet drink, with the orange and Canadian rye, and the sugar helps cut the bitter alcohol / ethanol taste that Canadian Club is known for. It also has the benefit of costing about $2.00 in total cost of ingredients if you include the orange, lemon, and sugar. You could consider this the historic equivalent of a Top Ramen cocktail.


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