As a simple cocktail, it is essential to use the best whiskey for an Old Fashioned.
With such a basic recipe – whiskey, bitters, and sugar – a whiskey will shine throughout a superbly made Old Fashioned. The simplicity also allows the drinker to tweak the ingredients to their liking, whether the preference is boozier, more rye spice, or a nice balanced whiskey.
A key for a cocktail whiskey: stay low in price, but not too low.
Ready for a night cap? Nab one of these whiskeys for the next Old Fashioned.
At roughly $25 a bottle, Buffalo Trace is the bourbon to have on hand at all times. It’s fantastic on the rocks, but provides an air of sophistication to a cocktail, especially an Old Fashioned.
The balanced bourbon offers just enough complexity to keep the cocktail interesting.
Ancient Ancient Age
The more potent brother of Ancient Age – 90 proof instead of 80 proof – Ancient Ancient Age packs a little bit more of a bunch, and still around $20. A perfect whiskey to add a bit more punch and spice.
Ancient Age is one of two excellent budget bourbons produced by Buffalo Trace, this one leaning heavier on rye for a little added kick.
Drinkers seeking a little more spice can find it with the widely found Bulleit Rye.
Made with 95 percent rye in the mash, the whiskey is clean with spicy notes of oak, vanilla and honey, all for under $30.
Wild Turkey 101
To add a boozy punch turn to the old stand-by, Wild Turkey 101.
Aged in barrels with a deep char, the bourbon is full of vanilla and caramel. Wild Turkey’s full line of whiskies are a solid choice for an Old Fashioned, including Wild Turkey 101 Rye.
When Maker’s Mark was first introduced in the 1950s, it was a hit because it was easy to drink.
Maker’s will keep the Old Fashioned as an easy sipper.