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Benton’s Old Fashioned

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Benton's Old Fashioned using Libbey Master's Reserve glassware Image: / Tim Nusog

Created by Don Lee of New York City’s PDT in 2007, this cocktail started the fat-washing cocktail trend that’s still active in bars all over the world.


  • 2 oz Fat-washed Four Roses bourbon*
  • 1/4 oz Grade B maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Orange peel


  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass and stir.

  2. Strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.

  3. Express the oil of an orange peel over the cocktail and drop in the peel.

  4. *Fat-washed Four Roses bourbon (from Jim Meehan’s “The PDT Cocktail Book”): In a cambro/container, combine 1 750 mL bottle of Four Roses bourbon and 1 1/2 oz liquified fat from Benton’s Smoky Mountain country ham. Set aside for 4 hours to infuse. Place the container in the freezer for 2 hours. Take the container out of the freezer, and strain the bourbon from the solidified fat with terry cloth or cheesecloth.