Old Fashioned Week re-mixed!
This story is sponsored by Old Fashioned Week.
Asia got busy with Old Fashioned Week this year – here are seven recipes to help you re-live the celebration.
The Old Fashioned cocktail was treated to hundreds of thoroughly new fashions at the start of November, as 802 bars around the world got involved with the third global Old Fashioned Week. First organised in 2015 by Paris-based rum expert Cyrille Hugon and Maria Loca, along with bar owner Michael Landart, the celebration of one of mixed drink history’s most important recipes took place from November 2-11, and included 100 bars in Asia – a new high score.
To be part of it, bars were asked to take the framework of the Old Fashioned (spirit, sugar, bitters) and then concoct their own creative re-boots. They could choose either Havana Club rum, Rhum JM, Monkey Shoulder blended malt whisky or Wild Turkey bourbon as their base, and then add any other flavour they chose (as long as Angostura was one of the bitters). Here are seven recipes created from around the region for Old Fashioned Week 2017. Enjoy them, then come back again in 2018!
For more on this year’s Old Fashioned Week, see their website here.
Hong Kong: Chic & Choc by Simon Kong
A highly aromatic performer from Lobster Bar & Grill at the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, with vanilla, coconut, cacao and earl grey tea carefully married into a pre-batched base for this drink.
Singapore: Picolla Scimmia by Symphony Loo
Translating to “cheeky monkey”, here’s a Med-leaning take on the American favourite, courtesy of Neon Pigeon, with red wine and rosemary reduced to add a fruity, herbal richness to the whisky.
Boracay: Cuban Affair by Andrei Campian
Spice, banana and chocolate play perfect partners with the tropical and chocolate notes in the rum in this Old Fashioned excursion created at Prisma, the new bar from the group behind ABV in Manila.
Taipei: Tea Rhythm of Old Fashioned by Aki Wang
Indulge Experimental Bistro’s creative lead Aki Wang showcases his love for local produce as he brings Taiwanese tea and honey to the fore in this Old Fashioned twist.
Hong Kong: Max’s Bookmark Old Fashioned by Max Traverse
From Max Traverse, the very busy Asian ambassador for this year’s Old Fashioned Week, and owner of Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, comes this very cherry version of the classic drink built around the aromatic Rhum JM agricole.
Singapore: Cuban Smoke by Jerrold Khoo
Flagship reckons they know exactly what pairs with rum, lighting up this rich tobacco and cacao-backed sipper with some extra smoke from an Islay whisky spray.
Shanghai: Old Conviction by Cross Yu
A sweet and sour version from E.P.I.C that brightens up the iconic Old Fashioned with hibiscus and vinegar, plus rhubarb bitters and a lovely dried leaf skeleton garnish.