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52nd street old fashioned cocktail recipe from Gallaghers Steakhouse

A perfect balance of spirits, sugar, and citrus.
A perfect balance of spirits, sugar, and citrus.
Will Budiaman

Although the cocktail is called an old fashioned, the funny thing about it is that every bartender seems to make it a little differently — not necessarily a good thing. But, jaded fans of the cocktail can take heart: This version from the historic Gallaghers Steakhouse in New York City's theatre district is about as close to perfection as you can get.


  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • ½ fl oz water
  • ½ fl oz Demerara syrup
  • 1 fl oz Old Overholt rye
  • 1 ½ fl oz Heaven Hill Bonded Bourbon
  • Lemon peel and orange peel, for garnish


1. Fill a mixing glass with ice, and add all of the ingredients except for the lemon and orange peel. Stir.

2. Strain over a 2-by-2-in ice cube in a double old fashioned glass.

3. Garnish with lemon and orange peel.

Serves: 1

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