The Best Old Fashioned Cocktail Is the Laziest

I am not a fan of overly sugary cocktails. I prefer to eat my sugar. But I also prefer a well-balanced drink. I’m too old for an adult beverage that tastes like something a frat boy would mix.

That’s why I am a big fan of this Lazy Old Fashioned recipe from the New York Times. Full disclosure, I am willing to consider any recipe that begins with the word LAZY. But what keeps me coming back to this recipe is how good it is. And it’s perfect for a lazy Saturday night.

Most Old Fashioned recipes call for simple syrup. They tend to be overly sweet; the syrup and cocktail cherries dyed cartoon red overpower the drink. Have a Bourbon and Cherry Coke instead.

There are a couple of ways you can adapt the Lazy Old Fashioned New York Times recipe to your personal liking:

  • Use brandy or cognac instead of bourbon or rye for a smoother cocktail. Feel free to use grocery store brands. E&J XO brandy is highly recommended if you are on a budget.
  • Use dark brown sugar to add even more depth.
  • In a pinch, regular white sugar will do, but you’ll lose a richer note.
  • If you want to skip the sugar altogether, add a slice of orange directly to the drink. The orange plays off the bitters and adds fruity notes that will balance the drink. 
  • Want it sweeter? When you finish your Old Fashioned with a Luxardo or Amarena Fabbri cherry, add a bit of the syrup. 
  • Why stop at one cherry? Go for more.
  • No cherries? Go full lazy by wiping a twist of orange zest around the lip of your glass before tossing it in your drink. 
Straight Up Lazy Old Fashioned


The best Old Fashioned is the laziest one! Make this quick cocktail the next time you are craving a quality drink. It’s fast, simple, and will leave you feeling warm all over. 

The Lazy Old Fashioned from the New York Times is Nancy Approved. 

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