The classic old fashioned cocktail is one of those drinks that’s very easy to tweak. A simple change of the main spirit can transforms the drink into something different. I’ve tried it with mezcal as well as fig infused bourbon and both were very good. The latest version I’ve been sipping on is an unaged whiskey old fashioned. I wasn’t sure I would like it at first, but I was wrong. Very wrong.
I will admit unaged whiskey isn’t one of my favorite spirits. On its own, I find it to be okay but nothing that really stands out. However, mixed in the right cocktail (such as the Washington’s Honor cocktail or this unaged whiskey old fashioned), I can drink it all day long.
For my unaged whiskey old fashioned, I used Heritage Commander’s Rye Whiskey. It’s made in Gig Harbor, Washington based on a variation of George Washington’s original rye whiskey. Recently they released a batch of their aged rye whiskey which was pretty awesome in a Peach Manhattan.
For my unaged whiskey old fashioned, I liked it muddled with raw sugar, citrus peels as well a cherry. The raw sugar takes a little longer to dissolve but I like how the drink sweetens as it gets closer to the end. Think of it as a happy ending, if you will.
- 1 bar spoon raw sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 lemon peel
- 1 orange peel
- 1 cherry
- 1-1/2 ounces unaged rye whiskey
- Splash of water (optional)
- Orange wedge for garnish
- Add sugar to a rocks glass and pour in bitters.
- Add lemon peel, orange peel and cherry and muddle to dissolve sugar, release the oils from the peels and break up the cherry.
- Stir in unaged rye whiskey and a splash of water if desired.
- Add a large ice cube to the glass and stir.
- Garnish with an orange wedge.
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