You can thank Mad Men and the bourbon boom for the resurgence of the old fashioned, which is showing up in many guises on cocktail menus across the country. Here’s how to make a new and improved version at home.

Improved Old-Fashioned

  • 2 Luxardo mar­aschino cherries
  • 2-inch strip orange peel
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2 dashes ­orange bitters
  • 2 oz. bourbon

Muddle the cherries, orange peel, sugar and bitters in a lowball glass. Fill glass with ice, add bourbon and stir. If it’s too strong for your taste, tame it with a splash of soda water.