3 Variations on the Negroni
New ways to enjoy this swanky Italian cocktail.
When it comes to iconic cocktails, there is none more beloved than the Old Fashioned. Hell, even the name is classic sounding. According to Robert Simonson's book The Old Fashioned—a complete history of the drink that became the poster child of the modern craft cocktail movement—the drink dates back to the late 1800s, when it was known simply as "the whiskey cocktail." The combination of bourbon and bitters sweetened with sugar and citrus is hard to beat when you want an easy-to-make and tasty tipple. But that's not to say it can't be improved upon. Which is just what the best bartenders are doing these days. Here are three fresh riffs on the Old Fashioned worth trying the next time you need a drink.
A few bars around New York City will make you this drink by local bartender Mickey McIlroy. A touch sweeter and smoother than your average Old Fashioned, it's made with equal parts rye and applejack, and finished with orange bitters. (All American products: get it?)
Smoking Rosemary Old Fashioned
This flashy drink, from Santa Monica's upscale 41 Ocean lounge, is served with an ethereal cloud of smoke rising from it. The end result is a potent cocktail, sweet-bitter with a balanced smoky kick.
Concocted by the bartending masters at Death & Co., in New York's East Village, this is a fresher and lighter take on an old, dark drink. Bursting with bright floral and citrusy flavors, it's a thirst-quenching cocktail with a kick.
An easy update to an everyday Old Fashioned? Swap the standard sugar for maple syrup, cinnamon-infused simple syrup, molasses or hot honey.