Old Fashioned Slings – Forage :: SRQ Magazine article by Britt Mattie

Photograph by Wes Roberts

Sensitive to its namesake, the former is one of the oldest mixed drinks in the cocktail canon. A dated and beloved brewed drink – iconically built in the glass – saw a fruity version hit after the Prohibition era (involving a slice of cherry and orange, with the mix of a sugar cube or with added simple syrup). This version remains prevalent today, but we’re in the mood to champion more basic, progressive renditions that still allow for the forward-thinking flavors of a slight burst of bourbon or rye, but also provide a little twist (orange twist , if you will) on this classic libation.

Old fashioned coffee: Buffalo Trace bourbon, kahlua, espresso shot and orange bitters, $12, Brine Seafood & Raw Bar, 2250 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, 941-952-3039, brinesarasota.com, @brinesarasotaoysterbar

Old school Kojo: Infused bourbon with toasted brown rice, demerara syrup, lemon bitters, and homemade citrus oil, $13, KOJO, 1289 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-536-9717, eatkojo.com, @eatkojo

Old fashioned spiced pear: St. George spiced pear liqueur, Redemption bourbon, crushed orange and cherry with a hint of bitters, $14, Selva Grill, 1345 Main St., Sarasota, 941-362-4427, selvagrill.com, @selvagrill

Old-school cannon: 1792 Bourbon, toasted demerara syrup, broker’s bitters, cask-aged, $12, Cask & Ale, 1548 Main St., Sarasota, 941-702-8740, caskandalekitchen.com, @cask_ale_srq

Made the old way: Bourbon Smooth Ambler Contradiction, pistachio cane syrup, barrel spice bitters, orange zest and seasonal smoke garnish, $15, MADE, 1990 Main St #112, Sarasota, 941-953-2900, maderestaurant.com, @made_srq

Mr Sazerac: EArl Gray infused bourbon, absinthe mouthwash, demerara syrup, orange bitters and a maple syrup ice cube, $13 Pangea Alchemy Lab, 1564 Main St., Sarasota, 941-870-5555pangealounge.com

Old fashioned circle: Old Forester bourbon, toasted pecans, cinnamon and vanilla, bitters, $9, Circo SRQ, 1435 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-253-0978, circosrq.com, @circosrq

Old fashioned: Bourbon Bulliet, Bitter Truth bitter orange, brown sugar syrup, black cherries and orange, $13, Blase Café & Martini Bar, 5263 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 941-349-9822, theblasecafe.com, @theblasecafesiestakey

old spanish: Ezra Brooks 99 Bourbon with smoked cinnamon-saffron bitters, $14, Sage, 1216 First St., Sarasota, 941-445-5660, sagesrq.com, @sagesrq

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