The Old Fashioned cocktail is a true classic – stirred down, packed with history (and flavour) and appreciated right across the world. It's such a loved tipple that it's got its very own devoted week, and Woodford Reserve will be celebrating it. Download your Old Fashioned recipe book here.
Woodford Reserve has worked with a bunch of cocktail bars across Melbourne asking them to reimagine the classic using Woodford Reserve. The award-winning American whisky packs over 200 detectible flavour notes into every glass, giving Melbourne bartenders a strong foundation to work with when crafting their cocktails. Check out where you can try the Old Fashioneds below, and plan out a bumper cocktail adventure this Old Fashioned Week, from November 1-10.
Order the: Garden State Old Fashioned
This sessionable Old Fashioned is about making a soft entrance into the world of whiskey cocktails by not deviating far from the original. It comes garnished with a house-made brandied cherry and orange zest.
Order the: What's the Buzz
Chin Chin's own subterranean cocktail bar will be serving this stirred-down number, which includes Woodford Reserve, tonka bean honey, sherry, atomised pineapple absinthe and a dash of a coffee and cayenne tincture.
Order the: Woolshed Double Oaked Old Fashioned
This particular Old Fashioned is all about showcasing Woodford Double Oaked. The oak barrel-aged bourbon takes a starring role, complemented by orange bitters and Woodford barrel-aged bitters and a hint of sweetness.
Order the: Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned 'The Speakeasy Way'
One of Melbourne's favourite whisky bars will be delivering this classic, which puts Woodford Reserve Bourbon centre stage alongside roasted wattleseed and Tokay syrup.
Order the: Lambic Old Fashioned
Whisky and Alement has been paving Melbourne nights with precious amber distills since 2010, and for Old Fashioned Week, bartenders will be stirring down this Belgium beer-imbued number. It takes a framboise lambic reduction and combines it with sugar syrup, Peychaud's bitters and absinthe.
Order the: Silver $
Hidden on the 15th floor of this innocuous CBD tower, this penthouse terrace bar will be stirring down Woodford Rye with Montenegro, Woodford barrel-aged bitters and topping it all with a dehydrated orange wheel.
Order the: Cola Fashioned
This all-singing, all-dancing restaurant, club and bar will be doing a soda pop take on the classic. Woodford Reserve gets a sweet twist with a hint of cola syrup, raspberry syrup and bitters, which can be enjoyed from one of the venue's many shadowy booths.
Order the: Rye 1812
This incarnation has been named after the 18 per cent rye content in Woodford Reserve, and the 12 percentile ingredients added. Bartenders use a housemade rye syrup, which is then complemented by Woodford Distiller’s Select, two kinds of bitters and a heavy spray of smoked apple essence.
Order the: The Burbs
Order up a dashing rendition of an Old Fashioned at this red-lit Liverpool Street bar. The drink is centred on a housemade smoked nashi pear syrup, which is then stirred with the simple combination of cardamom bitters and Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select.
Order the: The Manchurian
This is not Don Draper's Old Fashioned. Nick Stuart and Jack C Lin have created a drink that melds East and West, with dry roasted spices and Qing Dynasty Wang Lao Ji Chinese tea melding beautifully with banana-infused Woodford Reserve. It's finished off with Woodford Reserve Rye and Bacardi 8, as well as a dash of Cherry Heering.
How to have an old-fashioned time in Melbourne
From cobblestone laneways to the ornate architecture of Collins Street’s ‘Paris end’, Melbourne is a city that exudes old-fashioned glamour. We’re always up for a good time from a different time with a stack of local bars, cafés and venues radiating the sort of old-school style that would make Don Draper proud.