A great old fashioned great any time of the year, but this Ginger Old Fashioned is fabulous in the fall and winter! A great combination of flavors, it is a twist on the classic cocktail!
The Old Fashioned has been one of the most popular cocktails in the recent craft cocktail craze, partially due to its popularity from Mad Men and America’s thirst for whiskey. Technically one of the “original” classic whiskey cocktails, the Old Fashioned is appropriately named, dating back to the 1880’s, where it was commonly consumed in the heart of whiskey country, Louisville, Kentucky.
This recipe adds a bit of a spicy citrus bite to the original recipe. Adding anything to an Old Fashioned is blasphemy in the eyes of some snobby cocktail folks, but who cares, its darn delicious!
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Using clementines in place of the typical orange gave this cocktail a brighter citrus, while the ginger adds a fresh spicy bite that brings a bit of an Asian flair to the drink. We liked the way that the Bulleit Rye pulls out the heat of the ginger and really makes the citrus shine. Using our brandied cherry brings a nice hint of sweet fruit and vanilla notes that give this version of the Old Fashioned a really nice depth! Here are some more tools to help you out, a clear ice maker, muddler, angostura bitters, and ice ball mold.
Get in touch with your inner Don Draper and give this great cocktail a shot! If you are looking for another spicy Old Fashioned, try our Fired Peach Old Fashioned!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Old Fashioned Cocktails
Fired Peach Old Fashioned – The Gastronom
Oaxaca Old Fashioned – Apartment Bartender
Gin Old Fashioned – She Eats
Coconut Banana Pineapple Rum Old Fashioned – Craft and Cocktails
Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned – The Speckled Palate
Other Ginger Cocktails
The Ginger Snap – The Gastronom
Orange Ginger Punch – Chew Street
Cranberry Ginger Bellini – Platings and Pairings
Grapefruit Ginger Cocktail – The Kitchen Prep
Ginger Smash – Liquor.com
- 1 clementine, peeled and segmented
- 2 brandied cherries (see our excellent recipe here!)
- 2 thin slices fresh peeled ginger
- 2 dashes bitters
- 2 oz Rye (or bourbon)
- Muddle the clementine, one cherry, ginger and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass.
- Stir in Bourbon.
- Strain into glass with ice.
- Garnish with a piece of candied ginger and the other brandied cherry.
- Serve and channel your inner Don Draper.
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