The Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a variation of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail that incorporates elements from the rich culinary and cultural traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Old Fashioned itself is a renowned cocktail that dates back to the early 19th century. It was one of the original mixed drinks, consisting of a combination of whiskey, sugar, water, and bitters.
Over the years, various iterations and adaptations of the Old Fashioned have emerged, reflecting the creativity and preferences of bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts.
The Oaxaca Old Fashioned introduces a distinctive twist by replacing the traditional whiskey base with mezcal, a smoky agave-based spirit that is deeply rooted in Oaxacan culture.
Mezcal has gained popularity worldwide, and its unique flavor profile, derived from the roasted hearts of agave plants, adds a complex and smoky character to the cocktail.
How to Make an Oaxaca Old Fashioned
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Who Created the Oaxaca Old Fashioned?
The Oaxaca Old Fashioned is widely attributed to a renowned mixologist named Phil Ward.
Phil Ward is known for his contributions to the craft cocktail movement and his work at notable bars in New York City, including Death & Co.
Around 2007, while working at Death & Co, Phil Ward developed the Oaxaca Old Fashioned as a variation of the classic Old Fashioned.
Inspired by the smoky and complex flavors of mezcal, he substituted whiskey with mezcal to create a unique twist on the traditional cocktail.
The combination of mezcal, reposado tequila, muddled sugar, bitters, and citrus peel resulted in a cocktail that showcased the characteristics of mezcal while maintaining the essence of an Old Fashioned.
The Oaxaca Old Fashioned gained popularity in the cocktail community and quickly spread to other bars and establishments around the world. It has since become a staple on many cocktail menus and has inspired countless variations and interpretations.