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Gin • Dry
Gin Old Fashioned

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Using herbaceous gin at the base, this variation on the Old Fashioned is lighter and more refreshing than its whiskey counterpart. With a honey syrup in place of the traditional sugar cube and a hefty dash of orange bitters, it’s floral and rich, with a long, long finish that will stay with you. To retain the depth and spice of the original cocktail, use a heavier, aged gin like Ransom’s Old Tom, Barr Hill’s Tom Cat or Frey’s Barrel Finished gin.

The Essentials

Aged Gin
Orange Bitters
Bar Spoon
The Details


2 oz Barrel Aged Gin
0.5 oz honey syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Lemon peel


  • Add the honey syrup, bitters and gin to a mixing glass.
  • Add large ice cubes. Stir.
  • Using a julep strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled lowball glass.
  • Add one large ice cube and express a lemon peel over the cocktail.
  • Wipe the rim of the glass with the twist and then discard the peel.
Honey Syrup
Custom Ingredient


1 Cup honey
1 Cup water


  • Combine the water and honey in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and stir until honey dissolves, about 2 minutes. Immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
  • Let cool, then pour into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
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