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13 Epic Old Fashioneds to Try in Atlanta Right Now

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Kimball House.
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The Old Fashioned is always in fashion. From versions that stick to the original recipe to those that incorporate rum, brandy, or ingredients close to home (think: sweet tea, toasted pecans, and peaches), there's a drink on this list of 13 must-try variations for cocktail traditionalists and adventurers alike.
Laura Scholz


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Kimball House

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Nothing says fall like bourbon and pecans. Head to Kimball House, which marries the two in the Pecan Old Fashioned. Miles Macquarrie toasts local pecans, infuses them into a high proof bourbon sous-vide, and adds this toasted reduction to a glass with two different bitters, a brown sugar syrup, and an orange peel garnish.

Common Quarter

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Peach bitters and maple syrup add Southern flair to the classic cocktail at Common Quarter, where the Southern Belle Old Fashioned also features the traditional bourbon and bitters. [Photo]

Paper Plane

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For an autumnal riff on the traditional drink, try Paul Calvert's The Permanent Collection at Paper Plane, made with brandy cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and Fernet-Branca.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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An Old Fashioned is always In Fashion. The Wrecking Bar version includes bourbon, cherry and orange bitters, maraschino cherry juice, an orange twist, and a maraschino cherry.

Article 14

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Head to Article 14, where Arianne Fielder is mixing up a take on the Old Fashioned, her go-to drink. Ari's Old Fashioned combines Bulleit Rye, a sugar cube, bittercube caramelized orange bitters, black walnut bitters, and a flamed orange for a drink full of rich, fall booziness.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

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An Old Fashioned tastes even better when it can be served in three seconds flat, thanks to the Pinewood Tippling Room's cocktail drafts on tap. While served untraditionally, this drink includes the classic components— bourbon, sugar, and bitters with a citrus garnish.

Miller Union

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Mixologists Stuart White and Vince Landi replace the traditional bourbon with rum in the aptly named Rum Old Fashioned. Simple syrup, Angustora and orange bitters with expressed orange peel complete this twist on a fall classic. [Photo: Heidi Geldhauser]

The Iberian Pig

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The Iberian Old Fashioned at Decatur favorite The Iberian Pig infuses rye with bacon, then adds maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and orange and lemon twists. Pair it with a charcuterie and cheese plate, and don't forget those pork cheek tacos. Update: This entry was added on 11/20.

Leon's Full Service

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The house Old Fashioned at Leon's sticks to the original recipe—rye, bitters, touch of sugar, and citrus garnish. A bargain at $7 a glass.

ONE. Midtown Kitchen

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If you like your Old Fashioneds barrel-aged, try The Oak Room at ONE Midtown Kitchen, made with bourbon, Aperol, vermouth, and bitters.

1 Kept

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1Kept mixes up the classic favorite by serving the bourbon and blood orange over shaved ice in the .45 Caliber Old Fashioned. [Photo]

H. Harper Station

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The folks at H. Harper Station keep their Old Fashioned classic and potent, with brown sugar cube, Angostura bitters, a splash of water, bourbon, and a lemon peel to finish.

Holeman & Finch Public House

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Brandy and rye pack a punch in The Strayhorne, Holeman & Finch's take on the Old Fashioned. Honey, orange bitters, and orange swatch top off this perfect nightcap.

Bourbon Bar

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Bourbon Bar infuses its Peach Old Fashioned with a bit of Georgia. Peach bitters and sweet tea mix with the traditional syrup and bourbon for an update on the original.

Kimball House

Nothing says fall like bourbon and pecans. Head to Kimball House, which marries the two in the Pecan Old Fashioned. Miles Macquarrie toasts local pecans, infuses them into a high proof bourbon sous-vide, and adds this toasted reduction to a glass with two different bitters, a brown sugar syrup, and an orange peel garnish.

Common Quarter

Peach bitters and maple syrup add Southern flair to the classic cocktail at Common Quarter, where the Southern Belle Old Fashioned also features the traditional bourbon and bitters. [Photo]

Paper Plane

For an autumnal riff on the traditional drink, try Paul Calvert's The Permanent Collection at Paper Plane, made with brandy cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and Fernet-Branca.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

An Old Fashioned is always In Fashion. The Wrecking Bar version includes bourbon, cherry and orange bitters, maraschino cherry juice, an orange twist, and a maraschino cherry.

Article 14

Head to Article 14, where Arianne Fielder is mixing up a take on the Old Fashioned, her go-to drink. Ari's Old Fashioned combines Bulleit Rye, a sugar cube, bittercube caramelized orange bitters, black walnut bitters, and a flamed orange for a drink full of rich, fall booziness.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

An Old Fashioned tastes even better when it can be served in three seconds flat, thanks to the Pinewood Tippling Room's cocktail drafts on tap. While served untraditionally, this drink includes the classic components— bourbon, sugar, and bitters with a citrus garnish.

Miller Union

Mixologists Stuart White and Vince Landi replace the traditional bourbon with rum in the aptly named Rum Old Fashioned. Simple syrup, Angustora and orange bitters with expressed orange peel complete this twist on a fall classic. [Photo: Heidi Geldhauser]

The Iberian Pig

The Iberian Old Fashioned at Decatur favorite The Iberian Pig infuses rye with bacon, then adds maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and orange and lemon twists. Pair it with a charcuterie and cheese plate, and don't forget those pork cheek tacos. Update: This entry was added on 11/20.

Leon's Full Service

The house Old Fashioned at Leon's sticks to the original recipe—rye, bitters, touch of sugar, and citrus garnish. A bargain at $7 a glass.

ONE. Midtown Kitchen

If you like your Old Fashioneds barrel-aged, try The Oak Room at ONE Midtown Kitchen, made with bourbon, Aperol, vermouth, and bitters.

1 Kept

1Kept mixes up the classic favorite by serving the bourbon and blood orange over shaved ice in the .45 Caliber Old Fashioned. [Photo]

H. Harper Station

The folks at H. Harper Station keep their Old Fashioned classic and potent, with brown sugar cube, Angostura bitters, a splash of water, bourbon, and a lemon peel to finish.

Holeman & Finch Public House

Brandy and rye pack a punch in The Strayhorne, Holeman & Finch's take on the Old Fashioned. Honey, orange bitters, and orange swatch top off this perfect nightcap.

Bourbon Bar

Bourbon Bar infuses its Peach Old Fashioned with a bit of Georgia. Peach bitters and sweet tea mix with the traditional syrup and bourbon for an update on the original.

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