Oaxaca Old Fashioned

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.

Ofrenda at the Oaxaca market


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. 

The Recipe

What you need

1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Mezcal
1 tsp Agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Orange peel garnish

What you do

ADD all ingredients into serving glass with one large ice cube.
STIR until well chilled

FLAME an orange peel over top of the drink to express the oils, then garnish with the peel

Garnish: Orange twist
Serve: Old Fashioned
Style: Ancestral, classic
Taste: Dark, smoky, hint of orange

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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