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Tequila Old Fashioned


Welcome to the world of the Tequila Old Fashioned, a cocktail that infuses the beloved Old Fashioned with a vibrant Mexican twist. This contemporary variation blends the robust character of tequila, a hint of sweetness, and a dash of orange to create a smooth and well-balanced drink, sure to delight all tequila fans out there.

If you’re curious to see how this twist on a classic stacks up against the original, you’re in for a treat.

The Old Fashioned has been around since the late 19th century and is traditionally made with bourbon or rye whiskey, sugar, and bitters. It’s typically garnished with a citrus peel and a cherry, making it a simple yet enduring drink. The cocktail is known for its deep, rich flavor and subtle sweetness that highlights the whiskey’s character. This recipe builds on the same foundation as the original, with just a few tweaks.

Obviously, we’re swapping whiskey for tequila in this recipe, specifically reposado tequila, which is a significant detail. Reposado is aged in oak barrels for at least two months, adding a hint of smokiness and complexity that complements the cocktail’s flavors. It brings a warmth and depth that align perfectly with the Old Fashioned concept while also introducing a distinctive agave flavor that’s unmistakable.

Instead of sugar cubes, the Tequila Old Fashioned uses simple syrup to add a gentle sweetness that blends seamlessly with the other ingredients. This sweetness balances the tequila’s robust flavor, making the drink approachable and smooth.

A few dashes of orange bitters give this cocktail a subtle citrus bitterness that ties the whole thing together. The orange notes enhance the tequila’s own fruity undertones, creating a delightful blend that complements the cocktail’s overall flavor.

A fresh orange peel garnishes the drink, providing a final aromatic touch. The zest releases a fragrant citrus aroma, enhancing the flavors and adding a hint of brightness to each sip.

Tequila Old Fashioned

Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass.

Tequila Old Fashioned

Step 2: Stir gently to evenly combine ingredients.

Tequila Old Fashioned

Step 3: Add a large ice cube and garnish.

Tequila Old Fashioned

This cocktail is all about reimagining tradition. It replaces whiskey with tequila, introducing a new array of flavors while preserving the Old Fashioned’s core simplicity. The reposado tequila provides a richer, more nuanced taste to the drink, while the orange bitters and garnish deliver a refreshing citrus twist. Old Fashioned variations are always a big hit in my household, and this version has quickly become one of my favorite takes on the classic recipe.


Tequila Old Fashioned




  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass.
  2. Step 2 – Stir gently to evenly combine ingredients.
  3. Step 3 – Add a large ice cube and garnish.

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