|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 47g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||19%|
|Total Sugars 38g|
|Vitamin C 20mg||100%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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.
3 slices nectarine, divided
3 Bing cherries, divided
1 tablespoon agave nectar
3 ounces reposado tequila
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In an old-fashioned glass add 2 of the nectarine slices, 2 of the cherries, and the agave nectar.
Muddle well, until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Fill the glass with ice, then add the tequila and bitters.
Garnish with the remaining nectarine slice and the remaining cherry. Serve and enjoy.
- 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 that's 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.
- 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.
What's the difference between the types of tequila?
The difference between the types of tequila is very simple—it's how long they're aged.
Blanco: 0-60 days
Reposado: two months to nine months
Añejo: one to three years
Extra-Añejo Tequila: over three years
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 is the primary ingredient. It is as strong as the whiskey version, with an alcohol content falling somewhere around 30 percent ABV (60 proof).