Reigning Champ

The world’s best-selling classic cocktail.


According to Drinks International, bartenders from around the world have ranked the old fashioned as the best-selling classic cocktail seven years running. But that wasn’t news to Rita Price, owner of Rita’s Law in Denver. Her version of the drink (though it changes with the seasons) is, hands-down, the most popular beverage on her menu. “I know the sazerac was the world’s first cocktail, but in my opinion, the old fashioned was the first love affair people had with a drink,” Price says. Check out her latest riff on the cherished sip:

William T. Riker

(ED: Click here for evidence that this drink is much, much smoother than Commander Riker himself.)

  • 2 ounces Rittenhouse Rye
  • ¼ ounce Rita’s Law signature simple syrup*
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 dashes orange bitters

Stir over a large rock for 20 seconds and serve with an orange twist.

Rita’s Law Signature Simple Syrup

  • 9 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 6 cups brown sugar.

Simmer water, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves for ten minutes. Strain. Add sugar and dissolve.

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