“An Old Fashioned is the root of all cocktails,” says Diego Sanchez-Maitret, a New York-based mixologist and owner of the craft cocktail service Cocteleria. Traditionally it’s made from just booze (usually whiskey or brandy), sugar, and bitters, then garnished with a citrus twist or maraschino cherry. Here, Diego offers four unique variations on the classic, each made from a different base liquor, and homemade flavoring agents that will distinguish your cocktails from the rest.
The instructions are the same for all of the recipes that follow: Combine the ingredients in a tall mixing glass, add about 6 ice cubes per serving, then stir steadily for 30 seconds. Strain the drink over fresh ice cubes in a tumbler.