A Little ‘Old Fashioned’ Competition…Literally.

Our focus on whiskey is fueled by our owner Bob’s genuine love for the spirit, and we consider ourselves a small bistro with a big whiskey problem. 

This passion for whiskey has manifested itself in a few ways around our bistro, from our impressive collection of over 130 unique bottles of scotch, bourbon, and rye to the friendly competition our mixologists Bob and Courtney engage in to see who can serve up the most tantalizing and unique Old Fashioneds. 

The classic whiskey cocktail is known to give a beautiful ending to the day and can turn the night into an experience.

Our take on the Old Fashioned does not depart terribly far from the classic recipe and beautifully balances timelessness with modern twists. 

According to our cocktail mastermind, Bob, a truly exceptional cocktail is all about achieving a harmonious and multi-dimensional sip.

To craft our perfect Old Fashioned, we combine: 

¼ ounce of our 1:1 simple syrup 

¼ ounce Owl & Whale Cherry & Persimmon bitters 

2 ½ ounces of house bourbon 

Fill halfway with ice and stir to combine the flavors before pouring over a large square ice cube.  A final touch of orange zest and a Luxardo cherry adds the finishing flourish, bringing together the sweetness of sugar, the depth of bitters, and the captivating character of the whiskey.

Here’s where it gets even more exciting—Bob and Courtney take their individual styles and incorporate them into the beloved whiskey libation. Part of what makes their weekly competition so fun is the personality they infuse into the drink that suits the different palates of whiskey and nonwhiskey lovers alike. But don’t expect these cocktail iterations to stay on the menu long, as they change up from time to keep guests on their toes!

Individual Twists on the Classic Drink

Bob’s Old Fashioned is a delightful blend of small-batch bourbon, calvados, simple syrup, and persimmon bitters. This balanced concoction pays homage to the traditional recipe, leaving a lasting impression with every sip.

Courtney’s Old Fashioned brings a touch of smoky elegance to the glass. Using Buffalo Trace bourbon infused with smoked pecan chips, she adds a unique depth of flavor. Maple syrup and a hint of sea smoke complete this modern twist on the beloved classic.

The creative variations and unwavering dedication transform each Old Fashioned into a true work of art.

So, whether you’re a whiskey enthusiast or a cocktail aficionado, we invite you to join us on our Cocktails with Friends podcast, where we share insider tips, secret recipes, and engaging conversations with fellow enthusiasts of fine food and drink.