National Old Fashioned Day

Smoky Old Fashioned Cocktail Bourbon Barrel Foods

The Old Fashioned Cocktail is the “World’s First Classic Cocktail” that has never gone out of style. The origin of the cocktail goes back as far as the 1800s and is rumored to originate at Louisville, Kentucky’s Pendennis Club. The earliest drink was known as the Whiskey Cocktail for its simplicity and balance of ingredients.

The Old Fashioned Cocktail is a beverage of evolution, with many popular variations, including a Brandy Old Fashioned, made famous in Wisconsin. However, the cocktail is traditionally made with Bourbon, Rye or Whiskey, lightly sweetened with sugar, added bitters for aromatics, then served over ice with an orange peel.

National Old Fashioned Day is on June 14th, and we are celebrating with our collection of Old Fashioned Cocktail Provisions and Recipes.

Old Fashioned Provisions

Old Fashioned Recipes

Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned
Combine Woodford Reserve® Bourbon and Woodford Reserve® Cocktail Syrup in a cocktail crystal with ice. Stir. Pour entire contents into Collins glass. Garnish with Orange Peel and Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Cherry.
Old Forester® Perfect Old Fashioned
Combine ingredients in mixing glass. Stir with ice. Strain over large ice cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon and orange peel.
Smoky Old Fashioned

1 tsp. Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Smoked Sugar
2 dashes Woodford Reserve® Sassafras and Sorghum Bitters
1 Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Cherry
1 orange slice
Splash of water or club soda
2 oz. Woodford Reserve® bourbon


In a glass, muddle together Smoked Sugar, Bitters, Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Cherry, and the orange wedge in a glass. Add Woodford Reserve® Bourbon, water, and a few ice cubes.

Bourbon Maple Old Fashioned

Combine ingredients in mixing glass. Stir with ice. Strain over large ice cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with orange peel and Bourbon Smoked Pepper Bacon.


Amber Old Fashioned

Instructions: (makes four servings)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, sugar, and bitters. Shake well. Strain into 4 rocks glasses and top each glass with 6 oz. bottle of beer.

Rub each glass rim with orange peel and add to the drink. Garnish with a bourbon cherry and serve.

Old Fashioned Extras

Bourbon Smoked Simple Syrup

Mix ingredients in a pot. Mix until sugar is dissolved on medium heat, remove from heat. Cool and store in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated and discard after two weeks.

Sassafras and Sorghum Sugar Cubes

Combine sugar and bitters in a bowl and stir until liquid is evenly distributed. Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Line an oven-safe baking pan with parchment. Pour the sugar onto the parchment paper. Pack the sugar into the base of the pan very tightly with a spatula. The mixture should be about 1/2 inch thick.

Using a thin knife, score the sugar into a grid of cubes of the size you want, slicing all the way through the layer of sugar. Place the pan in the oven to dry for one hour.

Remove the pan and let cool for 10 minutes.

Break up the cubes. Pull the sugar cubes out of the pan and break them apart with your hands. Store cubes in an airtight container. Serve with champagne.

Old Fashioned Bar

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