5 New Twists on the Old Fashioned

More like New Fashioned, amirite?

You might prefer your drinks made the old fashioned way... but BarChick digs a bit of modernisation when the occasion calls, and these epic recipes are giving the Daddy of cocktails a new lease of life...

Cognac Gold Fashioned

Feeling like adding a bit of swank to your glass? THIS is the boujie serve you need. Yeah the gold leaf might not add any flavour, but honey - this serve is about living that baller lifestyle in double measures, so treat yourself.

Method: In your mixing glass, combine all ingredients with ice and stir with a bar spoon. Strain into your most luxurious glassware (cos why the f*ck not?!) over one large ice cube and decorate with edible gold leaf.

Foxy Coffee Old Fashioned

Planning your end of the night digestif and can't decide between a coffee or a cocktail? This Foxy Old Fashioned is the perfect combo, using the smooth handcrafted coffee liqueur by Quick Brown Fox with an American whiskey of your choice.

Method: In a mixing glass, stir ingredients down with ice. Strain into tumbler over large ice cubes. Garnish with a cherry.

Jimador's Old Fashioned

You think it's just the dark spirits that can be turned into an Old Fashioned? Think again, amigo. This smooth, gentle and rich Old Fashioned is made using an artisinal blanco tequila by Mijenta, made in the highlands of Jalisco. Make it legit by using the Mexican sugar syrup it suggests (or pick a really good, rich brown sugar and make your own if you can't find the real deal).

Method: Stir down all the ingredients with plenty of ice until its v. cold, and then strain it into your rocks glass with an ice phere in the centre. Garnish with cinnamon and orange peel.

Spiced Chai Old Fashioned

Wanna spice up your Old Fashioned? This recipe from Half Baked Harvest is bringing the goods with a punch of spices that'll give you some seriously seasonal vibe.

Method: In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the maple syrup. Bring it all to a boil over high heat and leave boiling for 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let that baby cool and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Then in your trusty cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, orange bitters, and 2 tablespoons of the chai syrup. Shake to combine. Strain into rocks glass with a load of ice. Garnish with cinnamon and star anise. 

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Autumn is the season for putting pumpkin in everything, and we won't be stopping when it comes to our Old Fashioneds. This seasonal spin by Michael Wurm Jnr. is the best way to put those Halloween pumpkins to awesome use once they're done chilling on your doorstep.

Method: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the bourbon, maple syrup, pumpkin purée, and bitters. Shake it like ya life depends on it. Add ice to a rocks glass, then strain in the cocktail mixture. Squeeze the orange peel over the top of the cocktail to release the oils; then rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass. Garnish with orange peel, cinnamon stick, and a bourbon cherry