Ettie's Eats: Fruity Old Fashioned

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Here’s the second cocktail recipe in my growing arsenal of tasty tinctures. And it seems especially appropriate since this Saturday welcomes the second-annual 417 Magazine’s Whiskey Fest. To prepare for the event, I’ve been beefing up on my Whiskey knowledge, which I’m sad to say is pretty much nil. All I know is that I love Jameson, I am pretty hit or miss when it comes to bourbons and I am not a scotch fan. With my love of whiskey, most nights out you can find me with a whiskey cocktail in hand. A whiskey and ginger ale is always a sure bet, but an Old Fashioned is my absolute favorite.

Normally, one strong Old Fashioned lasts me all night, making me feel a little less guilty for ordering a $10 cocktail. And while I normally prefer an Old Fashioned that’s light on the fruit and has plenty of kick from the whiskey, I was intrigued by this fruity version of my favorite cocktail that I found in Bon Appétit.  

The recipe describes this drink as spritzy and almost punchlike—an apt description for this fizzy libation. The extra fruit slices that make their way into this cocktail definitely mask the flavor of the whiskey, so this is a great drink to sip on if you’re a whiskey novice. Of course, if it’s that warming burn that you crave, I’d suggest skipping the ginger ale and going light on the club soda.

Slowly stocking my liquor cabinet at home, I’ve had a lot of fun mixing up this delicious concoction when I’m too lazy to walk to the nearest bar. 

Fruity Old Fashioned:

Adapted from Bon Appétit



2 sugar cubes or 1 teaspoon sugar
4 dashes of bitters
1 lemon wheel
1 lime wheel
1 maraschino cherry
½ teaspoon grenadine
¼ cup bourbon or rye whiskey
Club soda
Ginger ale



  1. Drop the sugar in the bottom of a rocks glass.
  2. Add the bitters, citrus wheels, cherry and grenadine, and muddle just until the fruit juices are released.
  3. Add bourbon.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes, and stir to combine.
  5. Top the glass with equal parts club soda and ginger ale.


Makes one cocktail.

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