Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Guess who really enjoys a classic Old Fashioned? Yep! You guessed it. Moi! Lately I have been obsessed with really good Old Fashioned cocktails, especially with smoky notes.

One of my favorite cocktails is called, The Ron Burgundy and was served in a restaurant in Minneapolis.

Normally, I’m not a scotch drinker, but that cocktail is a combination of bourbon and scotch topped with a big puff of cherry tobacco smoke and poured over a magnificent ice cube and served with cherries. It’s smoky yet sweet.

The smell of it took me back to being a little girl and snuggling next to my Nino Gene (my late godfather). He used to smoke cigars and read the Sunday newspaper and I would sit right next to him on the couch. When he was done reading the comics he’d pass them to me to read. Every time I smell cigars I am reminded of his calming demeanor and his sweet and smoky scent. That cocktail brought back so many happy feelings and memories.

That cocktail was beyond unforgettable and ever since then I have been trying to recreate the perfect flavors.

This cocktail is spiced up with a combination of bourbon and smoky mezcal and garnished with a charred (and still smoking) cinnamon stick. This boozy, spirit-forward cocktail is the perfect introduction to fall.

It’s a simple cocktail, but it’s one that packs a solid punch. Built similarly to an Old Fashioned, it combines mezcal and bourbon together. The mezcal adds a layer of earthiness and smoke, while bourbon helps smooth things out.

Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Similar to an Old Fashioned, but this cocktail combines mezcal and bourbon together. The mezcal adds a layer of earthiness and smoke, while bourbon helps smooth things out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 ounce mezcal
  • 1 1/2 ounce bourbon
  • 1 orange twist (1-inch-wide by 2 inches in length)
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Directions:

  1. Add agave nectar, bitters, and water into a rocks glass, and stir until combined.
  2. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the mezcal and bourbon, and gently stir to combine the flavors.
  3. Twist orange peel over the cocktail. Rub the peel on the rim of the glass for extra flavor. Then drop the peel into the glass as a garnish.
  4. Garnish with a charred (and still smoking) cinnamon stick.

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Photography by Jenna Sparks