A classic cocktail gets a smooth new twist in this Tequila Old Fashioned recipe. Made with aged añejo, this is a drink for serious tequila lovers.
Some people may think there is no way to improve on an Old Fashioned cocktail.
Those who drink them regularly have their own "perfect" recipe and never veer from it. But this sippable Tequila Old Fashioned, a south of the border spin on the classic drink, may just change your mind.
This drink has only five ingredients.
A few ingredient notes:
- Tequila: It's tempting to reach for whatever tequila you have hanging out in your liquor cabinet, but don't do that. This drink requires añejo tequila, which is aged for one-to-three years in oak. It's a sipping tequila, with flavor of agave and rich vanilla and with a hint of a floral aroma. It is pricier than most silver or gold tequilas, but you get what you pay for.
- Agave nectar: This natural sweetener is used as a substitute for sugar, simple syrup, honey and even molasses. It tastes a bit sweeter than sugar, has a more velvety texture than simple syrup and a more neutral flavor than honey. Find it in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
Like any good cocktail, this drink takes a few extra minutes to make. But trust me when I say it's worth it.
I like agave because it complements the aged flavor of the tequila so well, but if you don't have it, you can substitute simple syrup. You may need to increase the amount of simple syrup you use as agave is sweeter than sugar.
Large, oversized ice cubes are the best option for sippable drinks like this. A large sphere or cube melts and dilutes the drink slowly. This ensures your cocktail is the perfect temperature and consistency from the first sip to the last. Many liquor stores now carry large cubes or you can buy these sphere ice molds and make your own at home.
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Tequila Old Fashioned
- 3 ounces añejo tequila
- ½ ounce agave syrup
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 4 dashes orange bitters
- orange peel optional
- Place tequila, agave syrup and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass with ice cubes.
- Stir gently for at least 30 seconds.
- Strain into another glass filled with a large ice cube and garnish with an orange peel, if desired.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
Calling all tequila lovers! With only a handful of ingredients, it's easy to enjoy this smooth Añejo Tequila Old Fashioned cocktail at home.