The Old Fashioned with a twist

16 August 2016

Traditionally made with bourbon, progressively made with Glenfiddich; the Old Fashioned is a tipple loved by all. Its lingering sweet finish and warm, spicy flavours also make it the perfect rule-breaking cocktail. With this in mind, we asked a few of our ambassadors from around the world to suggest an experimental twist to this old favourite.

Casablanca Old Fashioned
A maverick twist by Mark Thomson, UK Ambassador

Rose buds

The Casablanca takes it's inspiration from the golden age of cinema and is perfect for a night in front of the big screen.


- 50ml Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
- 10ml Maverick Elixir sugar syrup
- Plenty of ice
- 150ml filtered water
- Flamed orange peel
- 1 spoon of loose leaf Lapsang Souchong tea
- 4-5 damask rose buds
- Generous helping of raw sugar


To make the Maverick Elixir syrup, add filtered water to a pot and bring to the boil. Remove from heat for a few minutes. Add the sugar, tea and rose leaves and allow to brew. Strain and cool. Add Glenfiddich to the mixture and pour over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a flamed & twisted orange peel.


The New Fashioned
A maverick twist by Jennifer Wren, West Coast US Ambassador


A touch of elderflower and cherry give the New Fashioned a floral note and delectable sweetness perfect for an after dinner treat.


- 50ml Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
- 50ml St. Germain
- Splash of Ginger Ale
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 4 Amerena cherries


Muddle juice from orange, lemon and 2 cherries into mixing glass. Once a smooth consistency is achieved, add Glenfiddich and St. Germain. Stir and strain into a rocks glass, then top with a splash of ginger ale. To finish, garnish with orange peel and remaining cherries.


Chocolate Old Fashioned
A maverick twist by Mitch Bechard, US Ambassador


Dark with a dalliance into citrus, the Chocolate Old Fashioned is perfect for a night by the fire. A brilliant introduction to the old fashioned.


- 50ml Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
- 2 dashes of xocolatl mole bitters
- 1 sugar cube
- Orange zest
- Green & Black Organic 85% dark chocolate


Begin by muddling sugar cube and bitters with a splash of water. Stir until dissolved. Add 1 oz of Glenfiddich 15 Year Old and 2 large ice cubes. Stir. Add in final ounce of whisky and continue stirring until all ingredients are married together. Twist the zest of an orange peel over the drink, then rim it around the glass and place into the cocktail. Serve with 2 squares of the chocolate on the side to complement the taste of the bitters.


If while attempting these serves you have any questions, feel free to message MarkJennifer or Mitch on Twitter. They would be more than happy to help out.