The Old Fashioned is a masterpiece in simplicity. A blend of three ingredients—sugar, bitters and liquor—the O.G. classic has earned street cred not just among Mad Men fanatics, but also with bartenders, thanks in large part to its versatility.
“The Old Fashioned cocktail is extremely simple, making it a great candidate for recipe alterations,” says Lucinda Sterling, bartender and managing partner at New York’s Middle Branch. “Anyone who wishes to modify the ratios or ingredients need only add or change one.”
To showcase the cocktail’s extreme malleability, we collected four variations that make simple alterations to the classic to result in big flavor boosts. Each is effortless and tempting, and will give you a new appreciation for the original Old Fashioned.