Anejo Old Fashioned

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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This Old Fashioned is made with Anejo Tequila and flavored with orange and aged bitters. It’s the perfect classic cocktail for anyone who loves tequila. Plus, it’s delicious, refreshing, and easy to make.

whisky glasses with anejo tequila and blood orange.

πŸ˜‹ Why this recipe works

This is a 4 ingredient cocktail, and it’s full of flavor. We recommend using Anejo Tequila for a bold, rounded flavor, and then sweeten it with simple syrup and 2 bitters. Serve with a whisky rock and garnish with an orange wheel. We served our recipe with a slice of blood orange, but a regular orange peel works too. Like a traditional old fashioned, you stir everything together and let the mixture sit for a minute or two before taking a sip. This allows the tequila to “breathe.”

🍊 Ingredients

This tequila old fashioned is made with 4 ingredients: tequila, 2 bitters, and homemade simple syrup.

tequila old fashioned drink ingredients on a marble counter.

Here are some of our recommendations/tips with the ingredients for the recipe:

  • We recommend Anejo Tequila for an oaky and richer flavor. Our go-to is Casamigos Anejo. Reposado Tequila is a good option for a softer and mellow flavor.
  • Use simple syrup or agave nectar to add sweetness. We use the same homemade simple syrup in this recipe as in our classic margarita.
  • Add an orange peel or an orange wheel to garnish. We used blood oranges, but you can use Naval oranges. For more creativity, you could use dried orange slices.

See the recipe card for full ingredient information and quantities.

πŸ₯ƒ How to Make

This Anejo old-fashioned is easy to make and comes together in about 5 minutes.

making tequila old fashioned with anejo tequila.

Add ingredients to whisky glass.

Add 2 1/2 oz tequila, 3 dashes of each bitter (orange and aged), and 3/4 oz simple syrup to a whisky glass with a whisky rock. Stir to combine.

old fashioned with anejo tequila in a whiskey glass.

Garnish, Rest & Enjoy.

Add an orange peel/ wheel to the glass and let the cocktail rest for 1-2 minutes before enjoying it!

πŸ“‹ Recipe FAQs

Is Anejo or Reposado better for a tequila old fashioned?


The big difference with using one or the other would be the flavor, which depends on your taste. Anejo Tequila is oakier and richer in flavor, while Reposado Tequila has a softer and mellow flavor.

What bitters do you use for an Old Fashioned?


A classic Old Fashioned uses Angostura aromatic bitters, but several different bitters are on the market. We like The Bitter Housewife Bitters, but we recommend starting with Angostura first when starting off with making an Old Fashioned.

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³ Expert Tips

  • Stir, not shake. After adding all ingredients to the glass with the large ice cube, the key is to stir the mixture. A great bar spoon works perfectly for this.
  • Let the tequila breathe for 1 minute. As the ice melts slightly after letting the tequila sit and rest, the flavors will “wake up.”
  • Use large ice cubes for cocktails. They add character to the drink and will keep the cocktail colder. We love this clear ice cube maker for our cocktails.
a tequila old fashioned with a squirt of blood orange juice.

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Anejo Old Fashioned

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This Old Fashioned is made with Anejo Tequila and flavored with orange and aged bitters. It's the perfect classic cocktail for anyone who loves tequila.
whisky glasses with anejo tequila and blood orange.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Yields 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 2 Β½ oz anejo tequila , or reposado tequila
  • ΒΎ oz simple syrup , or agave nectar
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 3 dashes aged bitters
  • 1 large ice rock
  • garnish orange peel, wheel, or twist optional
Instructions
  • Add ingredients to whisky glass.
    Add 2 1/2 oz tequila, 3 dashes of each bitter (orange and aged), and 3/4 oz simple syrup to a whisky glass with a whisky rock. Stir to combine.
  • Garnish, Rest & Enjoy.
    Add an orange peel/wheel to the glass and let the cocktail rest for 1-2 minutes before enjoying it!
Notes
We likeΒ The Bitter Housewife Bitters, but Angostura Bitters work too.Β 
To make the simple syrup, use 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup cane sugar.
  • Option 1: Using a tea kettle, pour equal parts of hot water with sugar into a glass. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Option 2:Β Add equal parts of water and sugar to a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.
Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes before using or in the fridge. Store simple syrup in the fridge for up to 1 month.Β 
Tips:
  • Stir, not shake the drink.Β 
  • Let the tequila breathe (rest) for 1 minute before drinking.
  • Use large ice cubes for cocktails.Β 
Course: Beverages: Alcoholic
Cuisine: American-Inspired
Diet: Vegetarian
Nutrition Facts
Serving1gCalories249.48kcalCarbohydrates18.31gSodium13.04mgPotassium14.82mgSugar16.34gCalcium2.76mgIron0.8mg
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