Riffs: The Old Fashioned

In the March/April 2017 issue we delve deeply into the state of American whiskey, shining a spotlight on innovative distillers and exploring where America’s native spirit may head in the future. We’ve continued the discussion online, with a look at the rise of American single malts and distillers that are producing whiskey with local character, and now we turn our attention to the cocktail side of the spectrum. There are few whiskey cocktails as iconic as the classic Old Fashioned. A simple mix of whiskey, sugar and bitters, the drink continues to be one of the most popular cocktails around the world and has inspired myriad variations along the way—here are a few of our favorites.

Albino Old Fashioned
This aptly named riff features white whiskey and white grapefruit.

Bar Mash Old Fashioned
Hopped grapefruit bitters add a new dimension to this recipe from Bar Mash.

Black Hole Sun
This spin wakes the whiskey up with a dose of cold-brew coffee.

Normandie Old Fashioned
L.A’s Normandie Club makes a modern Old Fashioned using coconut bourbon, apple brandy and spiced almond syrup.

Old Fashioned Snow Cone
An icy take on the classic cocktail.

Presidio Old Fashioned
A split base of sotol and whiskey take this riff to the next level.

Rye and Pine Old Fashioned
Homemade pine syrup creates a bouquet of big, wintery aromatics.

Walnut Old Fashioned
The walnut Old Fashioned features warming walnut liqueur.