This twist on the immortal Old-Fashioned was created in 2007 by Phil Ward at New York’s famed cocktail bar Death & Co. It is, in Robert Simonson’s words, “the most renowned of the twenty-first-century variations of the Old-Fashioned, and one of the modern cocktail’s gateway drinks into the pleasures of tequila and mezcal.”
In order to make this drink right, high-quality tequila and mezcal are essential. In his book, Simonson recommends using El Tesoro tequila and Del Maguey mezcal. Those are both excellent choices. Although you can substitute another top-shelf reposado tequila, you’re probably better off sticking with the Del Maguey mezcal, as it’s the gold standard for the spirit.
- 1 1/2 oz. Reposado Tequila
- 1/2 oz. Mezcal
- 2 dashes Angostura or Xocolatl (Aztec) Bitters
- 1 barspoon Agave Nectar
- Orange Twist
- Combine all the ingredients except the orange twist in an Old-fashioned glass filled with one large ice cube. Stir until chilled. Twist a large piece of orange zest over the drink and drop into the glass.
Adapted from a recipe in Robert Simonson's The Old-Fashioned.
Recipe from Professor Cocktail: professorcocktail.com