How to Make the Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail

American whiskey label Woodford Reserve is taking part in the global event Old Fashioned Week by championing its drams at select bars across Australia. Venues across capital cities will be serving up original, premium and daringly different Old Fashioned cocktails.

To celebrate the yearly event, Woodford Reserve has shared a recipe for making the ultimate Old Fashioned. It’s simple and delicious.

Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Recipe

60ml Woodford Reserve
15ml Demerara Syrup
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters

Add ingredients to the mixing glass. Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass. Stir ingredients for 30-40 secs. Strain into serving glass. Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel.

Bars in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, and Brisbane are taking part in Old Fashioned Week from 1 – 10 November, although the cocktails will be available for the entire month.

Woodford Reserve boasts over 200 flavours, providing bartenders with an ideal base to create the perfect concoction. In Sydney, Bulletin Place is serving up its ‘Life is Peach’ Woodford Reserve concoction. Door Knock has created ‘The Carrot Whispers’ Old Fashioned with carrot and cardamom honey flavours. For those who prefer their bourbon straight from the barrel, Doss House’s aged Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned is served in a seasoned barrel.

History of the Old Fashioned cocktail

The popular belief is that it was created at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky in 1884, where it was developed by the bartender James E. Pepper who was a member of the club, and co-owners of the bourbon, Pepper. Another historical viewpoint dates its inspiration to 1806; and its first recipe in print to 1895, in Modern American Drinks: How to Mix and Serve All Kinds of Cups, Cocktails, and Fancy Mixed Drinks, by George J Kappeler.

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