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Hutch’s Happy Hour – Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

So…for those of you that don’t know me, I’m Hutch, the other half of Amanda Karen Photography. Until now, other than when photographing or meeting our couples, I’ve been very much behind the scenes creating, updating and maintaining the website for the business. Today and, at least to start with, once a month for the foreseeable future I will be stepping out in to the spotlight to bring you a feature we’ll be calling “Hutch’s Happy Hour!”

Every month will feature a different cocktail which I have painstakingly researched, refined, tested and sampled (it’s a hard life I know) to bring you what I believe to be the best version of the drink I can find/come up with. The cocktails will range from the good old classics to well-known recipes with a twist and even a few I’ve created myself.


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Obviously, everyone has their tipple of choice; mine being whisky, particularly bourbon, so I will be doing my best to cater for all tastes and switching up the liquor of choice as best I can. I’ll do my best to make the recipes as straightforward as possible and all going well be introducing you to the fact you don’t need to go to a fancy mixology bar to enjoy a good cocktail. It is possible to create great tasting drinks in the comfort of your own home and at the same time have a bit of a giggle with your other half or friends.

Hutch’s Happy Hour will be coming to you on the last Friday of each month; hopefully coinciding with pay day for most of you, so anyone who does want to join me in a toast to living the good life, can pick up the ingredients, mix them up and enjoy, without having to worry about work in the morning (apologies to the weekend workers out there).


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So without further ado…Cocktail #1 is the Old Fashioned. Now you may be asking yourself, this is a Thursday, I have to work tomorrow? Well this month is slightly different from the schedule going forward, as today is my birthday and this cocktail is my favourite so seemed only appropriate for the first post to be today!

This cocktail was in fact the inspiration behind this feature. Last year, my best friend and I spent a very manly weekend in the Summer going urban axe throwing (if you’ve not been or heard of it, it’s great fun and would highly recommend), firing up the BBQ and trying to figure out the best recipe for an Old Fashioned we could.

We took a scientific approach to the challenge, with Friday night used to determine the best recipe before spending Saturday finding which whisky made that recipe perfect. We had compiled six recipes in the months leading up to the weekend and spent Friday night using the same whisky, I believe it was Jack Daniels, to make them all. A few second servings later, we both agreed on the correct recipe to take forward to the Saturday.


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With the recipes we had, and others we’d seen in the initial search specifying all different types of whisky; from single malt to rye, a couple of new bottles were sourced to ensure that between us we had the spectrum covered. Whilst the selection from across the pond (bourbon, Jack Daniels and rye) made for a good tasting drink, we were both in agreement that one stood out above the rest.

If you’ve made it this far, then you’re obviously keen to know the result of our experiment and how to concoct what I believe to be one of the best Old Fashioned cocktails I’ve ever had. So here goes:


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Old Fashioned ingredients


How to make an Old Fashioned

  •  Add the sugar syrup, maraschino cherry, orange peel and bitters to a glass and muddle (“technical” cocktail terminology for mix together whilst squashing the soft ingredients; in this case the cherry and the peel).
  • Add the whiskey and a couple of ice cubes to the glass and stir for about 10 seconds.
  • Add more ice, if preferred, and garnish with a twist of orange peel and cherry.


As simple as that!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.




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