The New Old Fashioned

At the start of a new year minds always turn to change. Whether its those resolutions you’ve been struggling to keep or goals set for the year ahead, reinvention is the theme of the season.

The mixologists at Harvey Nichols bar are on the case too, with three fresh cocktails on their menu inspired by an Old Fashioned but with a new year twist! A classic staple of any good cocktail menu, the Old Fashioned was created in Kentucky during the 1880s and is traditionally a mix of sugar, bitters and whiskey or bourbon.

Bar Manager Max Williams was inspired to create new twists on the classic recipe crafting three unique drinks, starting with a Gin and Tonic Old Fashioned. Featuring Bombay Sapphire Gin, lemon bitters and Tonic syrup this clear and classy Old Fashioned hits the perfect spot between a Gin and Tonic and a martini. Botanical with a sour edge this refreshing cocktail had us dreaming of a long awaited summers day.

Second on our menu was the playful Popcorn Old Fashioned. Popcorn Rum is created on site infusing a combination of sweet and salty popcorn in rum overnight. The rum is combined with caramel syrup, sugar and lemon bitters and of course is served in a glass rimmed with popcorn dust. No silly straws of umbrellas here! This is grown up cocktail, not sickly or too sweet. You’ll find subtle hints of caramel, vanilla and coffee with a deliciously buttery finish.

Continuing with the dessert theme the Chocolate Old Fashioned is a decadent mix of dark sugar, dark chocolate bitters and smooth Kentucky bourbon, paying homage to the original recipe. Rich and heady with flavours of a fine dark chocolate truffle and finished with a chocolate straw that, when coated in the whisky, completes the drink perfectly.

Harvey Nichols bar is an elegant space with a 1920s feel, perfect for pre-dinner drinks or as a break during a shopping trip. Committed to using fresh produce and unique recipes their cocktails are well worth a visit. So instead of champagne to celebrate that special purchase get in the spirit of the season with the new Old Fashioned!