Celebrate the Old Fashioned classic cocktail in November


WOODFORD RESERVE, in partnership with Angostura Aromatic Bitters, has set aside 30 dazzling days to celebrate the Old Fashioned, loved by bartenders and whiskey enthusiasts worldwide, and it’s never too late to get on board as dates are somewhat fluid depending on where you look on the internet. For our purposes here, Old Fashioned Week is from November 5 to 14 (more than a week) is an annual global celebration, while closer to home, mixologists from more than 100 local bars will shelve their shakers for mixing spoons to perfect the classic cocktail with a twist.

“For many whiskey lovers an Old Fashioned is the true classic,” according to Rowan Gibb, South Africa’s super premium ambassador for Woodford Reserve. “This annual event is a cocktail celebration for discerning whiskey drinkers who have an appreciation for the world’s top selling classic cocktail.

“The Old Fashioned has great history and can be made in three simple steps,” he says. “Typically, the recipe calls for a simple blend of bourbon, bitters, water and sugar. 

“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’.”

To make this cocktail, Gibb recommends always using a nice, clear tumbler and to use large ice cubes to keep the drink at the best temperature and to not dilute the spirit.

“Woodford Reserve is particularly suited to the Old Fashioned as it is a super-premium whiskey crafted carefully with more than 200 flavour notes; it wows your senses, delights your palate, and surprises you with every new scent and sensation,” he says. “Combined with Angostura Aromatic Bitters original secret recipe from 1824, you can be sure to enjoy a spectacle for the senses and your Old Fashioned tastes as good as the pros.” 

The next step is to ensure you have a chilled glass and for a bit of a show stir the drink in front of the person for whom you are making the drink. “Importantly, don’t shake the cocktail – an Old Fashioned should be stirred and not shaken,” says Gibb.

For more info and tips follow @woodfordreserve or @oldfashionedweek on Instagram. #OldFashionedMonth #WoodfordReserve #OFSpectacle #WoodfordReserveXAngostura #OldFashionedWeek @AngosturaOldFashioned 

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