4 Surprising New Twists On An Old Fashioned

Knob Creek teamed up with a celebrity chef for some strange spins on this old-school cocktail.

An Old Fashioned is among the most perfect cocktails ever created. A splash of good bourbon or rye whiskey, club soda, angostura bitters, an orange peel, some ice, and you’re ready to savor a wonderfully elemental, Mad Men-era drink.  But what if you want to get a little bit weird? Knob Creek teamed up with James Beard Award-winning chef, TV personality and cookbook author Michael Symon to create four new twists on the Old Fashioned, spiking the clubby favorite with everything from candied bacon to fresh blueberries. Whether you prefer the time-honored classic or are down to try one of these oddball expressions, there’s an Old Fashioned for every occasion. 

Sweet & Smoky Old Fashioned


1 ½ Parts Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon

½ Teaspoon Raw Sugar

½ Part Madeira

¼ Teaspoon Curry Powder

3 Dashes Chocolate Bitters

Candied Bacon for Garnish


1. Add sugar, curry powder and chocolate bitters to a rocks glass and muddle.

2. Add all other ingredients, then add ice, stir and garnish with candied bacon.

B&B Old Fashioned


2 Parts Knob Creek Bourbon

½ Part Lemon Juice

½ Part Raw Sugar Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

4-6 Blueberries – 1 for Garnish

4-6 Basil Leaves – 1 for Garnish


1. Mull blueberries and basil leaves in a bar tin, add ice and remaining ingredients and shake well.

2. Strain into an iced lowball, add bitters.

3. Garnish with a blueberry and a single basil leaf.

Mint Ginger Old Fashioned


1 ½ Parts Knob Creek Rye Whiskey

Ginger Beer

½ Part Lemon Juice

¼ Part Green Chartreuse

6-8 Mint Leaves


1. Combine all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a bar tin with ice and shake well.

2. Strain into a chilled Collins glass, top off with ginger beer and garnish with a single mint leaf.

Old Fashioned Holiday


1 ½ Parts Knob Creek Rye Whiskey

½ Part Cinnamon Syrup

½ Part Lemon

1 Part Wild Ale (like Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale)

1 Egg White

Nutmeg for Garnish


1. Combine all ingredients in a bar tin without ice. Shake for 20 seconds.

2. Add ice and shake for another 20 seconds.

3. Double strain into chilled lowball glass.

4. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Photos by Getty (top picture). Otlhers courtesy of Knob Creek.