Old Fashioneds are one of my favorite cocktails. I’m primarily a whiskey drinker, but you don’t need to be a whiskey drinker to enjoy an Old Fashioned because the simple, versatile can be made with other spirits, like tequila. Tequila often has citrus notes that work really well with the spicy bitters and orange twist that you’ll find in a traditional old fashioned. Tequila fans who like to sip their tequila will definitely enjoy this drink, and it’s a great way for whiskey drinkers to branch out into other types of spirits.
You can use any tequila to make your cocktail, but as is the case with whiskey, you’ll get a much more interesting old fashioned if you use a better tequila. A reposado or an añejo will add more depth of flavor to the drink, since the aging process gives them a lot more complexity. With a cheaper tequila, you might want to add a little bit of orange juice for a little more sweetness.
Glassware: Old Fashioned
2 oz. Tequila Reposado
1 tsp. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes of Bitters
Pour the ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass and add ice. Stir for about 30 seconds until the ice melts just enough to diluted the drink and mellow it out. Garnish with an orange peel and a brandied cherry.
If you like your drinks a little sweeter squeeze in a 1/4 oz. of orange juice. For a little smokiness that pairs well with the reposado, flame an orange peel over the drink.