FOOD REPUBLIC: 35 New Ways to Mix an Old-Fashioned
Purists will tell you there is only one true way to mix an old fashioned—rightfully so, the drink has survived over 200 years with only slight disturbances to the recipe. (“Without the fruit salad, please.”) That didn’t stop Food Republic from dreaming up a few dozen ways to mix a cube of sugar, some ice cubes, and alcohol.
1. Rye Old Fashioned: This is the classic, your granddaddy’s Old Fashioned. Take a sugar cube and dampen it with a couple dashes of Angostura bitters, then crush it. Toss in a couple big, beautiful ice cubes and top with three fingers of rye. Stir in the glass.
2. Bourbon Old Fashioned: Repeat the above steps, but with bourbon. In fact, we could enter seven or eight entries right here just for different bourbons, each of which will bring a different flavor profile to the drink.
5. American Trilogy: A few bars around New York City will make you this drink by local bartender Mickey McIlroy. It’s an Old Fashioned made with equal parts rye and applejack, and orange bitters. (All American products: get it?)
6. Orange Old Fashioned: Angostura might be the go-to bitters in the formula, but switch up your classic recipe with orange bitters for brighter aromatics.
14. Maple Old Fashioned: Same goes for super-sweet maple syrup, an ideal sweetener for any dark spirit Old Fashioned.
15. Honey Old Fashioned: Honey syrup is another sweetener you might try, perhaps with a lighter whiskey.
17. Mole Old-Fashioned: Make your favorite Old Fashioned, but with mole bitters for a chocolatey aroma.
35. Hot Old Fashioned: Ice is the traditional water component, but on a cold day, hot water will do.