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While it might now evoke images of ‘Mad Men’ types and Jon Hamm aficionados, the old fashioned is a stripped-back cocktail classic for purists. Wannabe advertising executives aside, it's a drink that drips in sophistication.
In London, bars are willing to go one step further for this top tipple. Nowadays mixologists do away with the machismo by putting a unique spin on the simple blend of sugar, bitters and booze (typically whiskey, but occasionally brandy). So whether you like yours buttered, smoked or with a hint of chocolate, birch sap or even charcoal, London bars have got every avenue covered. Just try not to break out in your best Don Draper impression, okay?
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