9 New Old-Fashioneds You Should Be Making (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Feeling elegant? I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for a sleek, fun cocktail that’s not only easy to make but gives my guests the false impression that I’m super classy.

Enter the old-fashioned, a simple yet classic and perfectly delicious cocktail.

It’s strong, but you can make it as sweet as you like. If you’ve never tried one, you should definitely whip one up. Here’s how to make the classic recipe.

But of course, if you’ve had a few of these in your day, you might be looking to branch out. Here are some delicious ways to do that!

1. Blood Orange Old-Fashioned

It’s a small change, but a bit of this dark, sweet citrus will bring your old-fashioned to a totally new level. This is a great one for those who don’t like to deviate too much from the classics but want to try something new.

2. Spicy Old-Fashioned

A hot pepper paired with some bitters, sweet maple syrup and bold anejo tequila (or mezcal if you’re in the mood). If you can’t find a Fresno chile, you can use a serrano or jalapeno — or even a habanero if you’re feeling wild. 

3. Grilled Pineapple Old-Fashioned

Make sure your pineapple is plenty sweet. (Also, if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, muddle in a bit of brown sugar.) Want to highlight the smokier side of this charred cocktail? Rinse your glass with mezcal or peaty scotch like so.

4. Apple Cider Rum Old-Fashioned

If you miss the cozy, spiced flavors of autumn, you can’t do much better than this gingery, brown sugar-laden old-fashioned that has amazing apple cider ice cubes! Here’s how to make your own ginger liqueur.

5. Gin Old-Fashioned

Gin lovers, there’s a place for you at this table too! There are a bunch of different ways to make this cocktail — whether you like it classic or sweeter — but using Genever is surely the best bet!

6. Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned

A subtle way to mix things up: Swap out your usual bright red maraschino cherries for the sour variety and add strips of lemon zest for a tart yet sweet spin on your favorite.

7. Grilled-Peach Old-Fashioned

What does every old-fashioned secretly want? A big, juicy charred peach and some fresh herbs of course!

8. Chai Honey Old-Fashioned

Chai lovers will absolutely adore how spiced this infused bourbon is. Who would have thought it was so simple to make such a fancy drink?

9. Bacon Bourbon Old-Fashioned

Everybody knows that bacon makes everything better, and this bacon fat-infused bourbon is certainly no exception! And bacon + maple + orange is always a good idea, right?

Featured Image: Sam Howzit/Flickr

Tags: cocktails, drink recipe, Old Fashioned cocktail, old fashioned recipe, Thirsty Thursday
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10 Margarita Recipes You Need To Try For Margarita Monday

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By Cooking Panda

We already showed you how to make the ultimate classic margarita using a few quality ingredients. But sometimes you want a little excitement in your life, so why not experiment with some fancy variation on the classic by adding some new flavors? If you’re going to doctor up your drink, we recommend starting with this base and going to town.

Here are some delectable twists on a margarita that you should definitely try this Monday:

1. Prickly Pear Margarita

A gorgeous and simple but unique spin on the classic drink.

2. Ultimate Spicy Margarita

Because sometimes you just need muddled red peppers to make everything taste better.

3. Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

You don’t need to add the dry ice effect, but come on, you really shouldn’t turn down an excuse to make your drink smoke.

4. Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

This tasty libation gets its kick from tangy grapefruit and spicy jalapenos. We think these two ingredients belong in every margarita.

5. Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

If you need something sweet, spicy and a little wacky, grab a bottle of everyone’s favorite rooster sauce and go to town. You can thank us later.

6. Cucumber-Cilantro Margarita

Cucumber and cilantro add a bright, refreshing twist. If you’re one of those people who hate cilantro, try subbing it for chili powder or another herb like basil.

7. Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita

This will still taste amazing with raw blueberries, but roasting them brings out a really amazing flavor that you just have to try.

8. Smoky Watermelon-Jalapeno Margarita

The smoked salt does wonderful things to the watermelon and the tequila flavors. If you want to go overboard, swap out the ice in the glass for frozen watermelon cubes.

9. Avocado Margarita

Does this sound wacky? Sure. Is it delicious? Absolutely. Adding pureed avocado to your margarita will make it irresistibly creamy. Give it a try!

And for dessert…

10. Chocolate Margaritas

Chocolate makes everything better, especially margaritas. With cream, two kinds of chocolate and cinnamon, it’s a stretch to call this one a margarita, but we don’t hear anyone complaining.

Cheers!

Photo credit: Rick A./Wikimedia Commons

Tags: cocktail, drink recipe, margarita
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