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Boozy News: SA’s Best Old-Fashioned Cocktail Bars with Recipes

Woodford Reserve, the world’s top-selling super-premium bourbon, has been in search of South Africa’s best Old-Fashioned cocktail bar with the 5th annual Woodford Bourbon Trail campaign. These are the top three SA Old-Fashioned cocktail bars and the deliciously unique renditions of the father of all cocktails.

Over twenty bars have participated and the top three SA Old-Fashioned Cocktail Bars went head to head in a national Woodford Bourbon Brawl finale event in November in Johannesburg.

Woodford Reserve is a super-premium, craft bourbon following the traditional method of distillation to produce bourbon of exceptional quality.

The art of making fine bourbon first took place at Woodford Reserve in 1780, making the distillery one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest today.

Woodford is particularly suited to the Old Fashioned, a classic American bourbon cocktail steeped in history. The recipe is said to have been invented by a bartender in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky, in honour of a prominent bourbon distiller who brought it to the internationally acclaimed Waldolf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Johannesburg: Shucked Oyster Bar – Alex Fahrenheim @captain_fill

Mixologist, Alex Fahrenheim’s tasty little number, the ‘Short Smile’ is an Old-Fashioned creation made with tasty maple syrup, chocolate with banana undertones.

Ingredients

Method

60ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon


7.5ml Cinnamon Maple Syrup

7.5ml Banana Chip Dry Sherry

2 Dashes Chocolate Bitters

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters


Add ingredients to a mixing glass.

Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass

Stir ingredients 

Strain into serving glass

Garnish with orange zest and a cheeky smile.

Cape Town: Coco Fafar – Marshall Siavash @marshallsiavash

Mixologist, Marshall Siavash is no stranger to beverage curation in Cape Town. His Old-Fashioned is infused with pear, walnut oil and topped with a naartjie zest. The ‘Peared Up’  Old-Fashioned is made with pear infused Woodford Reserve Double Oak and topped with a naartjie zest.

Ingredients

Method

25ml Pear infused Woodford Reserve Double Oak

25ml Woodford Reserve

3 Dashes Home Blend Bitters

7ml Maple Syrup

3 drops Walnut Oil

Naartjie  Zest

Add ingredients to a mixing glass

Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass

Stir ingredients 

Strain into serving glass

 

Garnish with a naartjie zest and walnut oil.

Durban: Chefs Table Lamoure Benton @lamoureb 

Durbanite Lamoure Benton is the mixologist at the sophisticated dining establishment Chefs Table and has competed in many global contests. His rendition of an Old-Fashioned, he has fondly named ‘The Reserved Cowboy’ includes and unusual mix of Mezcal and Tonka Bean Syrup. 

Ingredients

Method

50ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon

15ml Oaxacan Mezcal

20ml Tonka Bean Syrup

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Add ingredients to a mixing glass

Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass

Stir ingredients 

Strain into serving glass

 

Garnish with a lemon zest.

Join in the conversation #WoodfordReserve #BourbonTrailSA or visit: https://www.woodfordreserve.com/

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My name is Abby, but most of my friends have dubbed me “Abbalicioius” and I am the proud owner of My Boozy Kitchen. I am by nature a very passionate person, who has a love for food, wine,  life and enjoys the outdoors. Experimenting new things and to be creative is all what this crazy red-headed girl is all about. In my blog you will find amazing recipes, some healthy (some with booze) and some so illegal it should be banned!  You will learn about the different cultivars and styles of wine, interesting wine facts, how to pair wine with food and anything else that contains something boozy.  

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