4 Twists on Old Fashioned Recipes

A man mixing an Old Fashioned at a bar

As one of the oldest and greatest whisky cocktails in the world, the Old Fashioned has graced the cocktail menu of many a bar. While simplicity is at the heart of this beverage, this classic has been updated many times. Bartenders around the world have added their own special twist to this old favourite.

We share four ways you can put a fresh spin on this old drink!

Before we begin, let’s remind ourselves what is in a classic Old Fashioned:
40ml whiskey (usually Bourbon)
2 tsp sugar syrup
2 dashes of bitters
ice cubes
orange slice
a maraschino cherry

A New Old Fashioned drink

New Old Fashioned

Ignoring the oxymoronic name, the New Old Fashioned is gaining popularity by replacing the classic fruit garnishes with fresher flavours. Instead of the orange and cherry, you’ll find blackberries and peaches, giving it a refreshing summer twist.

For this drink, you’ll need:
50ml Bourbon
1 tbsp sugar syrup
5 dashes of bitters
splash of sparkling water
2 peach slices
2 blackberries
ice cubes

To make:
1. Combine the simple syrup, bitters, and one of the peach slices in an Old Fashioned glass. Use a muddler to squish the peach slice and get out its juice.
2. Pour in the Bourbon, and then add the ice cubes to the glass.
3. Top with the other peach slice, blackberries and a splash of sparkling water. Stir together, serve and enjoy!

Reposado Old Fashioned

This variation of the classic replaces the traditional whisky with tequila. The usual orange garnish is swapped with fresh nectarine slices that pair wonderfully with the flavour of the alcohol.

For this drink, you’ll need:
60ml Reposado tequila
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1tbsp agave nectar
2 nectarine slices
2 cherries

To make:
1. Put the agave nectar, nectarine and cherries in an Old Fashioned glass.
2. Muddle together until they are well mixed.
3. Add ice to the glass, then pour over tequila and bitters.
4. Stir together and garnish with a slice of nectarine and a cherry.

A glass of Cinnamon Old Fashioned

Cinnamon Old Fashioned

Add a spicy twist to your cocktail with this sweet cinnamon sip!

50ml whisky
15ml cinnamon syrup
2 dashes of bitters
cinnamon stick
twist of orange

To make:
1. In an Old Fashioned glass, add the whisky, cinnamon syrup and bitters.
2. Add a large ice cube to the glass and stir.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice or twist.

Coffee Old Fashioned

The simplicity of the Old Fashioned recipe means that adding extra elements to the drink is incredibly easy! One of our favourites is this Coffee Old Fashioned recipe that brings together two of our best-loved beverages!

For this drink, you’ll need:
40ml Bourbon
15ml creme de cacao
30ml espresso
40ml water
7ml simple syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
coffee beans to garnish

To make:
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour in the Bourbon, creme de cacao, espresso, water, simple syrup and orange bitters. Shake hard together.
2. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice and strain the cocktail over.
3. Garnish the glass with coffee beans, serve and enjoy!

If you want to try and experiment with your own take on an Old Fashioned, then you can find a wide range of alcohol online at Havana House, including Scotch whisky!

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