If you’re a whiskey lover, you might have had your introduction to the spirit via one of the most beloved classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned. This simple drink was born in the 1880s, but with the modern craft cocktail movement in full swing, it’s common to see bartenders experiment with the standard recipe. We asked our DrinkWire contributors to let us know their favorite version of the Old Fashioned.
1: SILK ROAD OLD FASHIONED
This Silk Road Old Fashioned incorporates the flavors and tradition from its namesake’s ancient journey. From Japanese whisky to saffron bitters, this spiced, floral cocktail is unlike any Old Fashioned you’ve ever had.
2: TRUFFLE HONEY OLD FASHIONED
If a rich umami bomb of an Old Fashioned is what you’re searching for, look no further. It doesn’t get more decadent than using truffle honey in place of sugar in this twist.
3: RHUBARB OLD FASHIONED
One of the easiest ways to take your Old Fashioned in a new direction is to play with seasonal produce. In spring, rhubarb’s tart flavor can lend a new dimension to the drink with an infused simple syrup. Plus, the stalks make for a colorful new garnish.
4: HONG KONG OLD FASHIONED
Whisky and tea may not spend much time together, but the combo can really enliven your cocktail. The Hong Kong Old Fashioned plays off the ubiquity of tea in China and other Asian cultures. Infusing a spirit with tea is easy and fast, making this twist an achievable one for any tea lover.
5: NUTTY AMARO
An Old Fashioned doesn’t always need to use whiskey as its base. Substitute amaro for a lower-ABV riff that incorporates herbal flavors in the drink. With a little toasted rosemary for flourish, you can’t go wrong.