BBQ Old Fashion

BBQ Old Fashion

Originally introduced during the 1860’s as a gin based drink by a pioneer in cocktails, Jerry Thomas, the Old Fashioned Holland Gin Cocktail is described to be made by:

”Crush a small lump of sugar in a whiskey glass containing a little water, add a lump of ice, two dashes of Angostura bitters, a small piece of lemon peel, one jigger Holland gin. Mix with small bar spoon. Serve”

It wasn’t until the 1880’s when a bourbon enthusiast and bartender switched the gin for his beloved spirit creating the first recorded Old Fashion.

Fifteen years later in a published book entitled “Modern American Drinks” – by George Kappeler- the first Whiskey Old Fashion recipe was described: ”Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece of ice, a piece of lemon-peel, one jigger whiskey. Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass.”

Even though many used “one jigger whiskey”, others “passed the glass to the client  with a bottle of good bourbon from which said client was privileged to pour his own drink.” New York Times Article, 1st January 1936


bbq old fashion

Ohh.. that bacon!

Taking in mind the essential elements of an Old Fashion, primary spirit, aromatic bitters, sweetening agent and a citrus peel, we are twisting it into a more woody, smokey, meaty cocktail.

Our limited edition BBQ Old Fashion consist of a primary spirit blend, first grade bourbon (Makers Mark) & American rye (Knob Creek), Angostura bitters, homemade orange bitters & homemade smokey aromatic bitters and smoked barrel maple syrup as a sweetening agent. And of course orange peel twist and candied bacon as garnish.

Yeah, that’s right, candied bacon for garnish!

The perfectly crisp bacon has a sweet bbq glaze that just blends everything together. It’s a wow in your mouth.

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