The ‘Old Fashioned’ was initially referred to as the ‘Whisky Cocktail’. However, as the recipe began to be tweaked and twisted through the additions of various sugar syrups, fruits and alternative spirits, customers wanting the original drink started to request an ‘Old Fashioned’ Whisky Cocktail when ordering at a bar. The traditional Old Fashioned recipe uses bourbon or rye whisky (or a combination of the two), sweetened with a demerara sugar cube and aromatised with angostura bitters. To build the drink, the sugar and bitters is meddled in a rocks glass before adding a few large ice cubes and then the whisky. To finish, the drink is thoroughly stirred before being topped off with an orange peel garnish.
Today, many variations of the cocktail exist. Some mixologists add different sweeteners such as maraschino syrup or even cinnamon syrup for a more autumnal drink. In addition, the garnishes used can vary, ranging from lemon peel, orange peel and sometimes a maraschino cherry.
Our version of the ‘Old Fashioned’ cocktail replaces the bourbon or rye whisky with our Beeble Honey Whisky. This adds a touch more sweetness to the drink, making it a little more palatable for those who find the classic ‘Old Fashioned’ too strong or sharp.
Honey Whisky Old Fashioned Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serving size: 1
· 50ml Beeble Honey Whisky
· 2 dashes Angostura bitters
· 1 demorara sugar cube
· Splash of water
· Orange twill
1. Add water, bitters and sugar to a rocks glass and stir until nearly dissolved
2. Fill the glass with ice cubes
3. Gradually add the Honey Whisky whilst stirring
4. Garnish with an orange twill
Written by Hester