While the origins of similar versions of this cocktail date back to the early 1800s, the moniker "Old Fashioned" is said to have begun its association with the now well-known bourbon-based beverage in 1881. Invented by a bartender at the gentlemen’s Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky, the recipe was said to have been invented in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller. As the summer begins to slip away, we offer this updated take on the Old Fashioned.
½ oz JM Cane Syrup
½ oz Plantation O.F.T.D Rum
1½ oz Old Bardstown Estate Bourbon
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters
Originally hailing from Memphis, Ben Hatch has logged 12 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Ben lives in Hattiesburg with his wife, Erika, and their adorable pug, Karen. Photo by John Scarpa