Tequila lovers can enjoy a fine tequila in a classic, clean way with this simple reposado old-fashioned recipe. The great thing about classic cocktails, such as the old-fashioned, is that they continually inspire modern renditions of old favorites. That is the foundation for modern mixology, after all, and this cocktail is just one example of that inspiration.
The drink begins with a muddled mixture of Bing cherries, nectarines, and agave nectar, topping it off with reposado tequila. It creates a wonderful drink to sip slowly, with the light and dark fruitiness pairing wonderfully with the slight aging found in this style of tequila.
Similar to the whiskey version, this cocktail is a great way to explore new-to-you tequilas. It offers the opportunity to taste the tequila in a slightly dressed up manner without diluting it with mixers. Keep the recipe in mind as you traverse the growing selection available and don't be afraid to pour añejo tequilas, either.
Gather the ingredients.
In an old-fashioned glass add the cherries, nectarines, and agave nectar.
Muddle well, until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Fill the glass with ice, then add the tequila and bitters.
Garnish with a slice of nectarine and bing cherry.
Serve and enjoy!
- Both Bing cherries and nectarines come into season starting in late spring and you should be able to find them throughout most of the summer.
- For the slowest dilution, consider using a large piece of ice. Ice balls and 2-inch cubes fit perfectly into old-fashioned glasses and will keep your drink chilled.
- If you like, top the drink with a splash of club soda.
- Any variety of cherry will make a nice substitution for Bing cherries, though this is an intensely sweet cherry. If fresh cherries are not available, choose a quality jarred maraschino or "cocktail" cherry instead. The neon red maraschinos that are so common are not recommended because they're artificially flavored and dyed. If those are your only choice, skip the cherry.
- Nectarines are technically a peach variety, though they lack the fuzzy skin. If you substitute another peach, the cocktail will not change dramatically in taste. Apricot is another good option.
- As an alternative, muddle a citrus fruit instead; grapefruit and dark oranges are particularly nice matches for tequila.
How Strong Is a Reposado Old-Fashioned?
Just like the old-fashioned, this cocktail is not going to be a light drink because a double shot of tequila's the primary ingredient. It is as strong as the whiskey version, with an alcohol content falling somewhere around 30 percent ABV (60 proof).