Old Fashioned and Sours: How to Make Your Own Old Forester Cocktail

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When we talk about whiskey, it does not get more classic than Old Forester. Right? Based in Louisville, KY, Old Forester has been sought and cherished by Americans for many generations and is continuously praised by aficionados for its excellent-value ryes and bourbons.

The veteran brand also knows how to keep things fresh and constantly incorporates itself into celebrations, both small and big.

A Quick Fun Fact

It’s the ultimate “classic.”

Even though many whiskey brands today claim to be old, Old Forester is certainly the real deal. Founded in 1870, Old Forester is considered the longest-running bourbon brand in America. Since its inception, it has never gone out of production—continuously making bourbon even during Prohibition. How cool is that?

The main ingredient in your favorite seasonal brew.

Each brew lover anticipates to the annual issue of the Goose Island Bourbon County collection. Last year, one of the stouts—named Birthday Bourbon County Stout—was aged in the sought-after Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Barrels.

The resulting brew is marked by aromas of dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Amazing, right?

They invented bottled bourbon.

The founder of Old Forrester, George Garvin Brown, is only the mastermind behind each traveling drinker’s favorite invention—none other than the bottled bourbon. Did you know that Brown became the first to sell bourbon in bottles than in barrels in 1870?

Bourbon in food is the new trend.

The brand has wished on the bourbon food trend, providing a selection of bourbon-infused confections. From the classic Kentucky candy Modjeskas to bourbon chocolate truffles, Old Forester strives to guarantee that everyone’s bourbon experience is extra sweet.

What’s more, the brand provides branded cocktail ingredients such as syrups, tinctures, and also bitters.

How to Make Your Old Forester Classic Old Fashioned

In this recipe, you will need the 86 Proof Old Fashioned Forester.

In 1959, 86 Proof was launched to provide a more mixable and lighter whisky for the increasing cocktail culture. Also, the 86-proof is the ideal embodiment of bourbon, along with a smooth finish and a rich, full flavor.

It is also light-bodied and crisp, along with prominent notes of rose, apple, vanilla, mint, and orange. You can keep your syrup light because of the low proof on this classic expression. You can also consider combining it with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, or chocolate to get the most out of your Old Fashioned.

Ingredients you need:

  • 1 orange peel (garnish)
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • ¼ ounce of maple syrup
  • ¼ ounce of Fernet-Branca
  • 2 ounces of Old Forester Bourbon 86 Proof

Tools you need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Citrus peeler
  • Bar spoon
  • Mixing glass
  • Jigger

How to make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir well and strain it into a chilled glass over a big ice cube.
  3. Express the oil from the orange peel over the drink and utilize it as garnish.

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