Unaged Whiskey Old Fashioned {with Heritage Commander’s Rye Whiskey}

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.

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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.

unaged whiskey old fashioned

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.

unaged whiskey old fashioned cocktail

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.

Unaged Whiskey Old Fashioned
 
Unaged whiskey shines in this variation of an Old Fashioned cocktail.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  1. Add sugar to a rocks glass and pour in bitters.
  2. Add lemon peel, orange peel and cherry and muddle to dissolve sugar, release the oils from the peels and break up the cherry.
  3. Stir in unaged rye whiskey and a splash of water if desired.
  4. Add a large ice cube to the glass and stir.
  5. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.

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