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Julia Reed's Scotch Old-Fashioned

Author: Julia Reed, recipe found in Down South by Donald Link


  • 1 large strip or square of orange peel, scraped to remove as much pith as possible (the paring knife is your friend here)
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 to 4 dashes orange bitters
  • 3 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 ounces Scotch
  • 1 orange slice, halved or quartered or however you want to garnish your drink


  • In a rocks glass, muddle the orange peel, sugar cube, and all the bitters with 2 teaspoons of cold water. Swirl to make sure the liquid coats the entire inside of the glass. Add ice and the Scotch, stir well, and garnish with the orange slice.
  • Makes 1 drink as written. Easily doubled.


Recipe is sourced from Down South by Donald Link, one of the best NOLA chefs in the entire city. Hit up any of his restaurants next time you’re there. Julia Reed needs no introduction, and apparently she and Link are good friends and he gets invited to her legendary parties all the time. We're not jealous, it's totally fine. This is her signature twist on the Old-Fashioned cocktail. Mr. Wallace and I have been making this one for years, and we make it so often that my copy of Down South naturally opens to this page. (You’d think we’d no longer need to consult the book. You’d be wrong.) We use Dewar’s brand of Scotch, and I am not enough of a Scotch connoisseur to tell you if sticking with Dewar’s is important or not. We use it because we like it, so I guess go and do likewise?