The Oaxaca Old Fashioned—named for the Mexican state from where most mezcals hail—is a riff on the classic whiskey Old Fashioned. It mixes reposado tequila, which is lightly aged in oak and mimics some of those oaky flavours present in the classic Old Fashioned, and mezcal with Angostura bitters and agave nectar.
It’s a delicious drink to celebrate Dias de los Muertos, celebrated throughout Mexico to honour our ancestors. This one is a tribute to a wonderful city we had the privilege to experience for this festival in 2019.
Today brings back many powerful memories.
This cocktail is a, sweet/smoky/strong drink with exotic overtones, much like the town of Oaxaca.
According to Liquor.com, The Oaxaca Old Fashioned helped kick off the mezcal craze in the United States. Created in 2007 by New York bartender Phil Ward, the Oaxaca Old Fashioned introduced countless drinkers to the earthy spirit, which was unfamiliar to most consumers at the time.