Three Incredible Variations on the Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

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All those familiar with Old-Fashioneds know it’s pretty much as straightforward of a cocktail as you’re likely to find. The ingredient list is simple, water, sugar, bitters, whiskey and of course, a little twist of citrus served up with ice. The truth is, although the Old-Fashioned may seem boring to the uninitiated it is, in reality, anything but. This drink has stood the test of time mostly due in part to its elegant simplicity which also accounts for why it’s such a perfect target for recipe variations.

“Whiskey Cocktail” Old-Fashioned

The Whiskey Cocktail recipe first appeared in the classic book How to Mix Drinks, which was published in 1862. A fun fact: The Whiskey Cocktail is widely considered the first cocktail ever created.

Ingredients
2 oz Virgil Kane Robber Baron Rye whiskey
0.25 oz gum or simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon peel

Preparation
Stir ingredients with ice in a separate mixing glass until perfectly chilled. Strain into a cocktail/Martini glass (not Old-Fashioned glass).
Cut the fresh lemon peel and squeeze the oils into the glass then drop it in.

“Agave Cocktail” Old-Fashioned

“This Old-Fashioned variation has subtle smokiness and the agave and tequila give the drink a unique punch.

Ingredients
2 oz El Jimador anejo tequila
.5 oz agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Freshly grated cinnamon

Preparation
Combine ingredients (except cinnamon) in a standard Old-Fashioned glass. Add one large chunk of ice and then stir until perfectly chilled.
Garnish with grated cinnamon.

“The Bartender” Old-Fashioned

This variation on the Old-Fashioned utilizes Fernet-Branca to give this classic a welcoming pop.

Ingredients
2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
0.25 oz Fernet Branca
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Lemon twist

Preparation
Muddle together bitters, sugar, and some drops of warm water in your Old-Fashioned glass. Add bourbon, Fernet and ice then stir until chilled. Twist lemon peel over the drink and drop it in.

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