Many drinkers have a certain image in mind when you say the name Old Fashioned. They think of whiskey (unless they’re from Wisconsin), a sugar cube, and maybe some muddled oranges and cherries.
In reality an Old Fashioned is any cocktail that contains exactly four ingredients: water, liquor, bitters, and sugar. It can be any combination of any form of those ingredients, as long as it has them and nothing else.
This weekend’s spin on a classic cocktail is the Oaxaca Old Fashioned. I got the original recipe from the Death and Co. cocktail book, one of my favorites. My only changes are using Del Maguey Vida mezcal for the intense smokiness and splitting the bitters between Angostura and Orange
The recipe is simple.
- 1.5 oz reposado tequila (I used Olmeca Altos because it’s what I stock at home.)
- .5 oz mezcal (I like a smokey one, like Del Maguey Vida.)
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- 1/2 eyedropper (1 dash) Angostura bitters
- 1/2 eyedropper (1 dash) orange bitters
Combine ingredients with ice, stir, and strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Flame an orange peel and then drop it in.
(Sorry for the crappiness of the picture.)