Sampling The “2nd Best Old Fashioned” At Atlanta’s ASW Distillery

As an Old Fashioned lover, I immediately became curious after reading about ASW Distillery’s “2nd Best Old Fashioned.” If you’re a little taken aback by the title, don’t worry, it came about after a patron at ASW happily made the shady declaration after taking a sip of the Old Fashioned served at the distillery. It does make for a pretty funny story, and an incentive for the cocktail curious, like myself. So, I recently paid a visit to the ASW Distillery to try out their take on the Old Fashioned. First off, the space is amazing. Hues of blue and lots of wood surround the open bar/lounge space.

As far as the “2nd Best Old Fashioned,” it’s definitely a solid Old Fashioned. It’s got a nice amount of kick thanks to the Fiddler Unison Bourbon, and there’s just the right amount of sweetness. The latter of which is where most Old Fashioneds fail, in my opinion. And if you’re interested in checking out the “2nd Best Old Fashioned” for yourself, you can either visit the ASW Distillery, or try out one of these variations they’ve created on the “2nd Best Old Fashioned.”

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 1


2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
⅓ oz Simple syrup
5 drops 1821 Prohibition Aromatic Bitters
5 drops 1821 Tart Cherry Saffron Bitters
Splash Fresh orange juice
Orange peel (for garnish)

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 2


2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
2 tsp warm water
1 tsp raw sugar
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange wedge (for garnish)

“2nd Best Old Fashioned” Recipe No. 3


2 oz Fiddler Unison Bourbon
2 tsp Fig cordial
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
Regan’s Orange Bitters
Lemon peel (for garnish)

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