13 Must-Try Old Fashioned Variations

In the world of cocktails, the Old Fashioned stands as a timeless icon—a drink that whispers of history and craftsmanship with every sip. 

Old Fashioned Cocktail in Vintage Inspired Bar with Liquor Bottles and Ingredients

But within the realm of this classic concoction lies a realm of creativity: Old Fashioned variations. 

These variations take the revered foundation of the classic Old Fashioned and infuse it with unexpected twists, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. 

From smoky depths to vibrant infusions, each variation is a testament to the artistry of mixology. Polish your Old Fashioned glass and try them all!

Join us as we explore the captivating world of variations on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, where tradition meets innovation in every glass.

Anejo Old Fashioned

Step into the world of sophistication with the Anejo Old Fashioned, a tribute to the rich history of aged spirits

Anejo Old Fashioned Cocktail with Cherries and Orange Peel

Substituting the typical bourbon or rye whiskey with añejo tequila, this variation adds a warm and smoky dimension to the drink. 

The result is a cocktail that exudes an air of refined elegance, perfect for sipping during intimate gatherings or upscale occasions. The anejo mingles well with the classic Angostura bitters and orange peel.

Instead of a sugar cube, you can use agave nectar for this Old Fashioned recipe.

The Anejo Old Fashioned pays homage to the craftsmanship of tequila aging while offering a novel take on a beloved classic.

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Brandy Old Fashioned

Embrace the timeless charm of the Brandy Old Fashioned, a nod to a bygone era of elegance. 

a freshly made brandy old fashioned cocktail from wisconsin

With brandy as the protagonist, this variation introduces a delicate sweetness and smoothness that complements the bitters and muddled fruit. 

The drink is a testimony to the versatility of spirits, showcasing how the simple tweak of an ingredient can redefine a classic. 

The Brandy Old Fashioned is an ode to nostalgia, invoking memories of refined evenings in a world of sophistication. It’s a classic twist on the classic Old Fashioned! Garnish with orange peel and a cocktail cherry.

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Rum Old Fashioned

Embark on a voyage of flavors with the Rum Old Fashioned, an exploration of Caribbean spirits in a traditional setting. 

Old fashioned cocktail 2 ounces of dark rum 1 tsp of allspice dram 2 splashes of orange bitters 2 splashes of Angostura bitters 1 teaspoon demerara syrup garnish with a twist of orange served on the rocks

By substituting rum for bourbon or rye whiskey, this variation brings a touch of tropical allure to the classic Old Fashioned. 

Rich and slightly sweet, the Rum Old Fashioned embodies the essence of laid-back beachside lounging. 

Use both orange bitters and Angostura bitters to enhance the dark rum flavors, and use a demerara simple syrup or even maple syrup for a sweeter drink.

Whether sipped in a tiki bar or at a sunset-soaked gathering, it’s a delightful fusion of classic cocktail culture and exotic escapism. Use a classic orange peel for a garnish, or mix it up with something tropical.

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The Oaxacan Old Fashioned

Travel to the heart of Mexico with The Oaxacan Old Fashioned, a smoky and sultry interpretation of the cocktail. 

Oaxacan Old Fashioned Cocktail Garnish with a orange peel and a sphere ice cube

Mezcal takes the spotlight, infusing the drink with a distinctive earthy aroma and a hint of campfire allure. 

This variation is a celebration of the mezcal culture, inviting enthusiasts to savor the complexities of the spirit. 

The orange peel garnish enhances the mezcal flavors – you can also use orange bitters instead of or in addition to Angostura bitters if you want more citrus flavors.

The Oaxacan Old Fashioned transports drinkers to the vibrant landscapes of Oaxaca in an old fashioned glass, capturing the essence of a mezcal-soaked adventure.

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Peanut Butter Old Fashioned

If you love whiskey and Reese’s peanut butter cups, this is the Old Fashioned recipe for you.

peanut butter whiskey old fashioned with peanut butter cups

It’s also a great recipe to try if you’re looking for ways to use your peanut butter whiskey!

The peanut butter Old Fashioned uses a combination of classic bourbon (preferably something smooth with vanilla tasting notes), peanut butter whiskey, and your choice of creme de cacao or chocolate whiskey.

Pair with two dashes of chocolate bitters, the result is a well-balanced Old Fashioned that tastes like a peanut butter cup. The recipe calls for a higher ratio of bourbon to peanut butter whiskey, but if you want it sweeter, you can pull back on the bourbon and add more peanut butter flavor.

Garnish with a Reese’s cup and enjoy!

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Maple Bacon Old Fashioned

Indulge in the unexpected with the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, a bold fusion of sweet and savory elements. 

maple bacon old fashioned

Infused with maple syrup and garnished with crispy bacon, this variation pushes the boundaries of cocktail creativity. 

The result is a dynamic flavor profile that tantalizes the taste buds and stimulates the senses. 

The Maple Bacon Old Fashioned is an invitation to explore unconventional flavor pairings, perfect for those with an adventurous palate.

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Irish Old Fashioned

Raise a glass to the Emerald Isle with the Irish Old Fashioned, a spirited tribute to the Irish whiskey tradition. 

Irish Old Fashioned

This variation introduces the smooth and distinctive flavors of Irish whiskey, which harmonize with the bitters and sugar for a well-rounded sip. 

Whether enjoyed in a cozy pub or as a toast to St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Old Fashioned captures the essence of Irish conviviality and heritage.

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Gold Fashioned

Elevate your cocktail experience with the Gold Fashioned, a luxurious take on the classic drink. 

Gold Fashioned

Gold-infused spirits add a touch of opulence, creating a visually stunning and decadent beverage. 

This variation is a celebration of extravagance, perfect for grand celebrations and high-end events. 

The Gold Fashioned shines as a testament to the fusion of mixology and luxury, offering a unique and dazzling drinking experience.

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Shochu Old-Fashioned

Embark on a journey to Japan with the Shochu Old-Fashioned, a fusion of East and West. 

Shochu Old-Fashioned

This variation swaps out whiskey for shochu, a traditional Japanese spirit, resulting in a lighter yet equally flavorful experience. 

With delicate floral and fruity notes, this rendition offers a new perspective on the old-fashioned. It’s a harmonious blend of cultures that celebrates the art of mixology.

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Double Cherry Old Fashioned

Double the delight with the Double Cherry Old Fashioned, a playful twist on tradition. 

Double Cherry Old Fashioned

Cherries take center stage in this variation, both muddled and as a garnish, infusing the drink with a burst of natural sweetness. 

The result is a vibrant and visually appealing cocktail that’s as delightful to sip as it is to behold. 

The Double Cherry Old Fashioned is a charming choice for those who appreciate a touch of whimsy.

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First-Time Caller

Dive into the unexpected with the First-Time Caller, a creative concoction that challenges conventions. 

First-Time Caller

This variation introduces unexpected ingredients like cucumber or elderflower, offering a modern interpretation of the classic cocktail

With a nod to innovation, the First-Time Caller invites newcomers and cocktail aficionados alike to explore uncharted flavor territories.

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Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Elevate your senses with the Blood Orange Old Fashioned, a citrusy twist that brings a burst of brightness to the drink. 

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Tangy and aromatic blood oranges take the stage, enhancing the traditional flavors of the cocktail. 

The result is a refreshing and hydrating variation that’s perfect for those seeking a zesty kick in their glass.

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Chocolate Old Fashioned

Indulge your sweet tooth with the Chocolate Old Fashioned, a decadent rendition that transforms the cocktail into a dessert-like treat. 

Chocolate Old Fashioned

Dark chocolate bitters and cocoa nibs infuse the drink with rich, velvety undertones. 

The result is a sophisticated and complex flavor profile that caters to those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. 

The Chocolate Old Fashioned offers a delightful balance between the bitter notes of chocolate and the warm familiarity of the classic cocktail.

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Old Fashioned Cocktail in Vintage Inspired Bar with Liquor Bottles and Ingredients

13 Old Fashioned Recipes

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13 Must-Try Old Fashioned Variations
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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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