Oaxaca Old Fashioned
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Oaxaca Old Fashioned
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3.7 / 5
The New York bar Mayahuel has introduced countless drinkers to the joys of agave spirits, and this Mexican-accented riff on the classic Old Fashioned mixes reposado tequila with mezcal and ... more The New York bar Mayahuel has introduced countless drinkers to the joys of agave spirits, and this Mexican-accented riff on the classic Old Fashioned mixes reposado tequila with mezcal and the chocolate-spice notes of mole bitters. It creates a magnificent riff on the familiar classic. ~ Phil Ward
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35.29% | 2.4 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice
Stir well to chill, and strain into glass filled with ice
Twist an orange peel over drink and use as garnish, then serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Twist  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Oaxaca Old Fashioned?

The Oaxaca Old Fashioned was created by Phil Ward at Death & Co in New York City in the late 2000s. It's a twist on the classic Old Fashioned, substituting tequila and mezcal for the traditional bourbon or rye, reflecting a growing interest in agave-based spirits.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Why is Mezcal used in the Oaxaca Old Fashioned?

Mezcal is used in the Oaxaca Old Fashioned for its smoky flavor, which adds depth and complexity to the drink. It contrasts with the sweetness of the agave syrup and the herbal notes of the tequila, creating a balanced and distinctive cocktail.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the significance of stirring the Oaxaca Old Fashioned?

Stirring the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, rather than shaking, is important to maintain the clarity and smooth texture of the cocktail. Stirring gently combines the ingredients without aerating the drink, preserving its rich flavors and ensuring it remains undiluted.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What type of glass is recommended for the Oaxaca Old Fashioned?

The Oaxaca Old Fashioned is best served in a lowball glass, also known as an old fashioned glass. This short, round glass allows for a generous amount of ice to keep the drink cold while offering enough room to nose the drink's aromatics, enhancing the overall drinking experience.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are the best garnishing tips for an Oaxaca Old Fashioned?

For the Oaxaca Old Fashioned, a simple orange twist or a slice of orange is recommended to complement the smoky and herbal flavors of the drink. The citrus oils expressed from the garnish add a fresh aroma and a slight citrusy brightness, balancing the drink's sweetness and smokiness.

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