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The 6 New Old Fashioneds You Need to Try

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So you want to make an Old Fashioned. You’ve collected the staples—sugar, bitters and water—to join your whiskey and are about to get in your Don Draper groove. Then you realize you need something a little…different?

The Old Fashioned is an icon. (Don’t believe it? Quick! Name another cocktail with its own dedicated book.) But even an icon could use a fresh outfit on occasion.


The next time you’re in the mood for the original, give it a second thought—and a tiny face lift.

1. Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

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The same ingredients don’t have to mean the same drink. By caramelizing the sugar instead of muddling, you get new flavors without the need to run to the store. The rest of the ingredients? You guessed it: bitters, water and good ol’ whiskey. A cocktail perfect for those who prefer not to stray too far away from what they know. Get the recipe.

2. Blood Orange Old Fashioned

While some people scoff at the idea, adding orange to your Old Fashioned is not a rarity. The Blood Orange Old Fashioned takes this controversial addition and turns it into the star ingredient. Get the recipe.

3. Sour Cherry Old Fashioned

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Pucker up: This recipe is for the tart lovers. Muddle those cherries with your sugar and bitters for a sour punch. Get the recipe.

4. Chai Honey Old Fashioned

Love chai in the morning? Why not spike your Old Fashioned with it at night? Swap your sugar for honey and infuse your bourbon with some chai for a truly new Old Fashioned. This rendition will give you a sweet, slightly spicy and entirely new experience. Get the recipe.

5. Bacon Bourbon Old Fashioned

Bacon. Yes, we know bacon is everywhere. Now, you can have the porky taste of it in your cocktail. Maple syrup and orange bitters round out the bacon-infused bourbon for a savory cocktail that would be a worthy complement to your favorite brunch dish. Get the recipe.

6. Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned

Who says Old Fashioneds are just for whiskey? This version of the classic cocktail swaps out whiskey for rum. Ginger liqueur provides a spicy kick and apple cider ice cubes transform your Old Fashioned and dilute it at the same time. How’s that for utility? Get the recipe.

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