How to Make a Spiced Old Fashioned

Bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout demonstrates how to make a spiced variation on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail

There's no denying the appeal of a well-made, classic Old Fashioned cocktail. No muddled mess of orange and maraschino cherry — just bourbon, sugar, and bitters over ice with a simple lemon twist for garnish. As expert bartender Naren Young puts it, "a perfectly made Old Fashioned is about as classy and civilized as you'll find in the pantheon of great cocktails."

That is not to say, however, that creative and equally good variations on the classic don't exist. Take, for example, this unique, tequil-based reinvention from advisor and bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout of San Francisco's Eastside West Restaurant.

Says Bezuidenhout, "I'm a huge fan of the Old Fashioned whiskey cocktail, but becaue I have this love this love affair with tequila, I always feel that I've got take a classic and then turn it into a tequila cocktail."

This one features añejo tequila, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and chilies. Sounds good, right? Check out's new video below for the full demo.


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