Celebrate Old-Fashioned Week with Bourbon to Inspire the Senses.
Old-Fashioned Week is celebrated globally, this year from the 30th October to the 8th of November. This annual event is a 10-day cocktail celebration for discerning whiskey drinkers who appreciate an authentic craft cocktail. While Covid-19 may have put a dampener on the live celebrations there is no reason why you can’t pay tribute to the father of all cocktails in the comfort of your own home.
In previous years thousands of mixologists from different bars around the globe shelved their shakers for mixing spoons to create the classic cocktail with a twist. Learn more about this classic cocktail, with helpful tips and a delicious Woodford Reserve inspired cocktail recipe.
What is an Old-Fashioned?
A sophisticated blend of bourbon, bitters, water and sugar, the Old-Fashioned cocktail has roots that date back to the 1800s.
Largely still made according to the oldest known cocktail recipe, it is believed that it was founded at The Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe is said to have been invented by a local bartender, in honour of a prominent bourbon distiller who brought the recipe to the internationally acclaimed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The name originates from the way it is made, with people heading to cocktail bars and requesting for their drink to be created the ‘old fashioned way’.
Traditionally ‘the old-fashioned way’ was to take a whisk(e)y glass and add a lump of sugar dissolving it with a small amount of water. The bartender would then add two dashes of bitters, a lump of ice and a miniature bar spoon. They would then hand it to the customer, along with a bottle of bourbon, and allow them to pour their own drink.
For many years bartenders around the globe have placed their own twist on the classic cocktail.
Tips from the Pro Before you Get Started
Elizabeth McCall, Assistant Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve recommends the following:
- Always use a clear whiskey tumbler glass.
- Good quality ice that will keep the drink the drink chilled and last longer in the cocktail. The larger the ice cube the better.
- Choose the best quality spirit such as Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select – traditionally an Old-Fashioned is made with Whisk(e)y but bourbon offers a slightly sweeter flavour profile complimenting the drink and bringing out over 200 flavour notes.
- Chill the mixing glass and if you’re making the drink for someone else, stir the drink in front of them for a bit of a show.
- Importantly, don’t shake the cocktail – an Old-Fashioned should be stirred and not shaken.
A Spectacle for the Senses at home – create your own Old Fashioned:
Celebrate the father of all cocktails with an Old-Fashioned to inspire your senses – try this rendition of the classic American bourbon cocktail with Woodford Reserve.
Woodford Reserve is particularly suited to the Old Fashioned, it is a super-premium bourbon crafted carefully with over 200 flavour notes (212 to be exact), it wows your senses, delights your palate, and surprises you with every new scent and sensation.
|50 ml Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
1 tsp brown sugar
2 dashes bitters
Orange zest (for garnish)
|Add ingredients to a mixing glass.
Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass.
Stir ingredients for 30-40 secs.
Strain into serving glass.
Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel.
Win a Woodford Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit Worth R1,000!
What better way to celebrate the classic American cocktail than winning your very own Old Fashioned cocktail hamper worth R1000.
Celebrate Old Fashioned Week with Woodford Reserve and enjoy a spectacle for the senses. Woodford Reserve, the world’s finest premium bourbon, is giving you the opportunity to celebrate the father of all cocktails with an Old-Fashioned Week cocktail hamper to inspire your senses. International Old-Fashioned Week (1st – 10th November) is the annual global celebration for discerning whiskey drinkers who appreciate a well-crafted drink.
Woodford Reserve is more than a spirit. It’s a spectacle. With more than 200 flavour notes (212 to be exact), it wows your senses, delights your palate, and surprises you with every new scent and sensation. It elevates an evening to an event, giving you a new experience with every sip. So, yeah, Woodford Reserve is more than a Bourbon. It’s a spectacle for the senses.
This cocktail hamper will give you a sensorial experience of this spectacular bourbon so that you can create your very own Old-Fashioned cocktail at home.
We are giving one lucky #JoziStyler the opportunity to win a Woodford Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit worth R1000. To win, simply share this post onto Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #OFW2020 #SpectacleForTheSenses – or comment below telling us why you want to win.
Entries close on Sunday, 1 November at 5PM.
The winner will be selected by an online random generator.
Winners will be announced by Tuesday, 2 November at 7PM.
The prize is not transferable for cash.
The winners will be announced on JoziStyle.joburg and informed by email.
*Hamper includes 1 x 750ml bottle of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, 1 whisky tumbler and a 200ml bottle of Angostura Bitters.
Not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Crafted carefully. Enjoy responsibly.