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Woodford Reserve in Classic Cocktails | Partner Tip

As the weather shifts from sultry summer to crisp autumn, few classic cocktails are so satisfying as a well-built Old Fashioned.

Clean, with sweetness and bitterness in equal measure and fleeting notes of citrus thanks to a sliver of orange, the Old Fashioned is a delightful drink with which to welcome sweater weather.


Good bourbon, in general, is particularly satisfying as the leaves turn. Maybe it’s that shimmering golden hue or booming flavor, but there’s just something about great small-batch bourbon in classic cocktails.

Kentucky-made Woodford Reserve is iconic in its home state’s Juleps and splendid in a Boulevardier or Manhattan. But it shines particularly well in an Old Fashioned. Woodford boasts a higher rye content than most bourbons, lending it a rounder, beautifully complex, perfectly balanced flavor. As a result, Woodford creates a positively autumnal elixir in this Old Fashioned recipe.

Give it a spin. Don’t forget your sweater.

Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail


  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Orange wheel
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • 1 splash Club soda
  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Garnish: Fresh orange wheel and cherry

Glass: Old Fashioned


In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda.

Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice.

Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

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