This is the author's adaptation of James Beard's formula for this American classic. Most people use bourbon, but it can also be made with rum or brandy. There is no garnish of maraschino cherry or orange because, as Beard wrote, "I loathe fruit salad . . . and all the decorations that usually accompany this simple drink."

Yield: 1 serving (serving size: about 1/3 cup)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 261
  • Calories from fat: 0.0
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 7g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Calcium: 1mg


  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 (1-inch) strip lemon rind
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon
  • Crushed ice


  1. Place sugar, bitters, and rind in a tall glass; crush with back of a spoon. Add bourbon; stir to combine. Fill glass with crushed ice.
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