The original cocktail is as adaptable and enduring as the community that created it. This fall, Elijah Craig Bourbon’s Old-Fashioned Week united bartenders in their efforts to rebuild, culminating in a $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation—an action and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to bettering the lives of restaurant workers nationwide.
To celebrate the iconic cocktail, we asked four bartenders—Natasha Bermudez, Glendon Hartley, Alex Jump and Alex Negranza—to share their personal takes on the template, complete with recipes. We also took a deep dive into the history and lore of bourbon-based classic with our interactive trivia series. Take a tour of the highlights from this year’s Elijah Craig Bourbon Old-Fashioned Week.
For Natasha Bermudez, the Old-Fashioned Belongs With Food
The Llama San head bartender believes that the classic cocktail can be adapted to complement just about any dish.
For Glendon Hartley, the Old-Fashioned Is Personal
The Service Bar co-owner thinks that all the ingredients you choose to use say something about who you are.
For Alex Negranza, the Old-Fashioned Invites Curiosity
In the classic template, the bar manager at MARCH sees a limitless format to entice all types of drinkers.