Five Unique Twists on the Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail

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The Old Fashioned cocktail, a beacon of mixological heritage, continues to captivate the palates of aficionados and novices alike. As cocktail culture flourishes, enthusiasts eagerly infuse innovative twists into this timeless libation, elevating the home bar experience. 

The Old Fashioned cocktail has stood the test of time with its perfect blend of whiskey, sugar, bitters, and a twist of citrus. While one can never go wrong with the classic version, the true beauty of the Old Fashioned lies in its versatility.

The following variations put a creative spin on this enduring favourite, offering unique tastes to satisfy a range of palates. Each one maintains the spirit of the original while venturing into new, exciting territories of flavour.

Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit




1. The Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

Taking inspiration from autumn bonfires and the rich flavor of maple syrup, the Smoked Maple Old Fashioned is a sweet and smoky treat. To create this warming drink, replace the traditional sugar cube with a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup. Stir in your favorite rye whiskey for its spicy profile, followed by a few dashes of Angostura bitters. Instead of garnishing with a typical orange peel, char a piece of the orange rind with a lighter to release the essential oils and add a dramatic, smoky aroma to the drink. This is the perfect companion for chilly evenings.

2. The Coffee Old Fashioned

Coffee and spirits make an energizing combination, and the Coffee Old Fashioned is a testament to this match made in heaven. Begin with classic ingredients, but add a spoonful of cold brew coffee concentrate and a splash of coffee liqueur for depth. Use a rich, aged bourbon as your base to complement the bitter notes of the coffee. The intermingling of coffee's boldness with the smoothness of the bourbon creates a layered cocktail fit for a sophisticated brunch or after-dinner indulgence. Complete it with an expressed twist of lemon for a hint of bright citrus.

3. The Spiced Cherry Old Fashioned

Cherries aren't just for garnishes anymore; in the Spiced Cherry Old Fashioned, they steal the show. Muddle fresh cherries at the bottom of your glass with a pinch of brown sugar and a cinnamon stick for a festive kick. The sweetness of the cherries and the warmth of the cinnamon offer a delightful contrast to the whiskey. Select a bourbon with notes of vanilla and oak to round out the spiced profile. Upon serving, the resulting mixture is a deeply-colored and richly-flavored variation that's as enticing to the eye as it is to the taste buds.

4. The Citrus-Soaked Old Fashioned

Citrus fruits bring a bright and fresh counterpoint to the robust flavors of an Old Fashioned. In this sunny twist, muddle an array of citrus fruit—like grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon—along with the traditional sugar at the bottom of the glass. Add whiskey as usual, but consider using a lighter-bodied one so that the nuanced citrus notes can really shine. Top off the stirred mixture with a splash of carbonated water for a refreshing fizz that makes this variant ideal for a summertime sip on the porch.

5. The Herbal Honey Old Fashioned

For those who lean towards garden-inspired cocktails, the Herbal Honey Old Fashioned is a dream. Replace regular sugar with honey syrup (honey thinned with a bit of warm water), and add a fresh herb—rosemary, thyme, or basil work wonderfully. When paired with a good-quality bourbon, the herbal undertones add a complex layer of flavor that's aromatic and satisfying. To serve, strain the cocktail into a glass over a single large ice cube and garnish with a sprig of your chosen herb for an upscale, refreshing twist. 

Crafting Your Masterpiece

No matter which variation piques your interest, the secret to an exceptional Old Fashioned lies in the quality of the ingredients and the care taken in preparation. Begin by selecting a base spirit that is robust enough to stand up to other flavor components. Use fresh, quality additives such as real fruit, natural sweeteners, and high-grade bitters. Stir your concoction properly to achieve a dilution that softens the edges without watering down the flavors.

Each of these five variations on the Old Fashioned invites you to explore the breadth of this cocktail classic, proving that even the oldest of favourites can take on new life with some imagination. Whether you prefer your drinks sweet, smoky, caffeinated, fruity, or herbaceous, there's an Old Fashioned variation waiting for you to shake up and enjoy.

Remember to enjoy responsibly, and cheers to a cocktail with the unique ability to reinvent itself for every taste and occasion!

Old Fashioned Cocktail Gift Set


Embark on a Time-Honoured Journey with the Old Fashioned Cocktail Crate 

The distinguished Old Fashioned Cocktail Box from Cocktail Crates is your passport to the revered annals of cocktail tradition. This exquisitely assembled set caters to both the discerning and the curious, featuring:

  • Supple Whisky and Vibrant Liqueur: Spirits selected to structure the foundational profile of this storied beverage.
  • Crafted for Creation and Appreciation: Detailed instructions interwoven with cocktail lore and heritage promise an engaging preparation experience.
  • Ideal for Every Merrymaker: From celebrations to quiet nights in, this box is an impeccable selection for imparting the pleasures of high-caliber mixology.


Final Pour: Celebrating Timeless Flavours and Lifelong Memories

From the smoky embrace of evening woods to the zestful caress of spiced citrus, the opulent indulgence of chocolate and cherries, the light touch of herbal honey, to the historical reverence of aged bourbon, these Cocktail Crate experiences transmute simple sipping into a global taste odyssey. Each bespoke selection not only venerates the Old Fashioned's esteemed past but beckons toward a future rich with personal creative expression.

Raise a glass to the tapestry of exceptional tastes and harmonious mixology adventures that lie ahead!


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