Peach and bourbon are a fantastic pairing, and the two come together in a magical way in the new old-fashioned recipe. It puts a fresh summer fruit twist on the old-fashioned, one of the best bourbon cocktails of all time. The recipe is simple, so anyone can make it at home.
The beauty of popular "stick" drinks like the old-fashioned, mojito, and caipirinha is that the base is an inspiration for a great variety of drinks. By simply switching out the muddled fruit, an entirely different cocktail is born. That is the case with this recipe from Woodford Reserve, in which the old-fashioned's orange and cherry are swapped out for peach and blackberry. The two summer fruits make the new old-fashioned an ideal warm weather drink to enjoy on the patio with a few good friends.
Gather the ingredients.
Add the bourbon and fill the glass with ice cubes.
Add the second peach slice, the blackberries, and sparkling water. Stir to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
- Use the new old-fashioned to explore all the peach varieties that fill the produce markets during the fruit's seasonal peak in summer. Each will give the drink a slightly different flavor.
- The "sparkling water" is open for interpretation. Sparkling water, soda, mineral water, even club soda; there are many options for the soda in this cocktail. Essentially, if it's clear and sparkling, it will work in the recipe.
- Don't rule out ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, either. These will add an extra hint of sweetness to the mix.
Use this recipe as inspiration for your own seasonal twists on the old-fashioned. As the seasons change, pick up any fruit you see at the market, then muddle it up and add whiskey. The possibilities are endless and there are some very fun flavor combinations to explore.
- In the fall, use apple cider, brown sugar, and sage as seen in the old-fashioned 101 recipe.
- As winter hits, toss a few pomegranate arils and cranberries with cinnamon syrup in the glass. And, come January, try kumquats and ginger before the tiny citrus fruits disappear.
- Spring's a time for rhubarb, so make a syrup from the vegetable and muddle it with rosemary.
How Strong Is a New Old-Fashioned?
There is very little added to this cocktail's volume that will bring it down from the bottling strength of the whiskey. Ice and a touch of soda do help a bit, but the new old-fashioned is not much different than drinking whiskey on the rocks. At an alcohol content of around 30 percent ABV (60 proof), you will certainly want to relish every moment of this drink.