The Old Fashioned has been in and out of popularity with drinkers for more than a century. And now, fortunately, you can find it once again on menus across the country.
The name Old Fashioned refers to the original concept for a cocktail, which was first defined in 1806 as a combination of water, sugar, liquor (not just whiskey) and bitters. By the late 19th century, more complex recipes from mixological masters like Jerry Thomas had been created, but people who wanted this traditional concoction began to order it by asking for an Old Fashioned. (Muddled fruit likely wasn't added to the mix until Prohibition, when it was used to mask the taste of lower-quality spirits.)
Whether you like your Old Fashioned with bourbon, tequila or gin, these variations on the classic formula will warm you up during the long, gray months of winter and keep you cool and refreshed in the summer.
This spicy variation comes from resident tequila expert and Liquor.com advisory board member Jacques Bezuidenhout. First, muddle Angostura Bitters, maple syrup and a slice of Fresno chile. Then add Partida Tequila and garnish with an orange peel and another slice of chile for a special punch of flavor!View recipe: Spiced Old Fashioned
Bourbon creates a smooth base in this easy-sipping elixir. The recipe also calls for the elderflower liqueur St-Germain in place of sugar, which transforms the drink into something floral and sophisticated.View recipe: Traditional Elderfashion
Gin is the star of this eclectic take on the classic cocktail from master distiller and Liquor.com advisory board member Allen Katz. He adds to it a bit of the bitter liqueur Campari, the sweet aperitif Lillet Blanc, the herbal Bénédictine and the citrusy Cointreau for a seriously complex tipple.View recipe: C & B Old Fashioned
We suppose this drink should really be called the Anticuado. Liquor.com advisory board member and all-star mixologist Julie Reiner created a Mexican spin on the Old Fashioned by using tequila as the base spirit and agave nectar as the sweetener.View recipe: Añejo Old Fashioned
If you prefer your Old Fashioned made the new way (that is, with a recipe that's only been around for 90 years or so), try this bourbon concoction. The standard orange wheel and maraschino cherry garnish is muddled with the sugar and bitters, creating an extra-sweet-and-fruity base for a generous pour of whiskey. It's a simply delightful way to end the day.View recipe: Bourbon Old Fashioned
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