Old Southerner
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Old Southerner
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.88 / 5
A twist on the Old Fashioned by a gentleman with a sweet tooth. ~ Vince Napolitano A twist on the Old Fashioned by a gentleman with a sweet tooth. ~ Vince Napolitano
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Base ingredient
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Bourbon
Garnish
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Cocktail cherry, lemon
Alcohol content
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24% | 2.4 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
Dash Dash Dash
10ml ⅓oz 1cl
30ml 1oz 3cl
Dash Dash Dash
60ml 2oz 6cl

Method
How to make a Old Southerner

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the bourbon, syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass with ice and stir
Strain into a rocks glass over ice
Finish with a splash of lemon-lime soda
Garnish with a cherry and a twist of lemon and serve

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

·  Bitters  ·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the bourbon in an Old Southerner with another type of whiskey?

Yes, you can substitute bourbon with another type of whiskey in the Old Southerner cocktail. Each whiskey brings its unique flavor profile, so you may find variations such as using a rye whiskey can introduce spicier notes, while Scotch may add a smokier taste. The key is to choose a whiskey that complements the balance of sweetness and bitters.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What garnish should I use for the Old Southerner?

For the Old Southerner cocktail, a simple, elegant garnish such as a lemon twist or an orange slice would complement its flavors without overwhelming them. The citrus element of the garnish will enhance the drink's existing citrus notes from the orange bitters and lemon-lime soda.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Is it crucial to stir the Old Southerner, or can it be shaken instead?

The Old Southerner is traditionally stirred, not shaken. Stirring gently combines the ingredients without aerating the drink, resulting in a smoother texture. Shaking could introduce air bubbles, which might slightly alter the cocktail's intended texture and appearance. So, while you could technically shake it, stirring is recommended to stay true to the cocktail’s profile.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in an Old Southerner compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 24%, the Old Southerner is slightly below the average alcohol content for many classic cocktails, which can range from 25% to 40% depending on the recipe. Its moderate alcohol content makes it a relatively milder option that is suitable for sipping over a longer period without becoming overwhelming.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food would pair well with an Old Southerner?

The Old Southerner, with its balance of sweet, citrus, and bitter notes, pairs well with hearty meat dishes such as grilled steak, barbecued pork, or roast chicken. The savory richness of the meat complements the cocktail's sweetness, while its citrus and bitter elements can cut through the fattiness of the dishes, making for a balanced dining experience.

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