Riffs: The Old Fashioned

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.

Artichoke Hold
Maraschino liqueur sweetens a blend of bourbon, Cynar and bitters.

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.

Cognac Old Fashioned
A classic riff that highlights the lighter, brighter side of Cognac.

Fisher’s Old Fashioned
A serious mezcal-based sipper that’s simple to make.

I’m Old Fashioned
A tropical take with Pineapple rum and Punt e Mes.

Kentucky River
Old classics become new favorites at Las Vegas bar Rosina.

Normandie Old Fashioned
Coconut bourbon, apple brandy and spiced almond syrup make for a memorable variation.

Oaxaca Old Fashioned
A Mexican-accented riff, created by Phil Ward.

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.