The good ol’ Old Fashioned is surging in popularity at bars across the country for its exceptionally refreshing character. Locals are getting behind the revival; too, as they endure the schizophrenic Miami weather this “winter.” We went in search of the best combination of American whiskey (or “whisky” for Maker’s Mark), bitters, sugar and water in town for you to enjoy when temps hover in the mid-80s. This classic cocktail is simply a smart choice on days and nights that seem more like June than January.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Visit head bartender Ramsey Pimentel for his “Old Fashioned & Fierce.” It’s thoughtful and downright perfect. The quality of the Hudson Baby Bourbon and the richness of the infused cherries put this recipe at the top of our list.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-276-4000
2. Yardbird – Southern Table & Bar
Head to this South Beach hot spot for the “Yardbird Old Fashioned” -- an archetypal recipe by Robert Ortenzio. It’s slightly sweet and somewhat bitter with just enough orange essence to create a nice balance. Ortenzio says it pairs especially well with Chef Jeff McInnis’ Sweet Tea-Brined Southern Ribs or his Grilled Yankee Steak.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220
3. Edge Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Look for bartender Jack Araque at the Edge’s horseshoe bar and ask for his “Old Fashioned.” It’s not actually on the cocktail menu, but it should be. His choice to include orange AND lemon makes this drink sublime. Be prepared to order more than one.
Edge Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-381-3190
4. Bourbon Steak
Sip on head bartender Peter Roca’s “Old Fashioned” at the elegant steak house in Aventura. This traditional interpretation includes a nod to bourbon’s history. You may remember from AP American History, that molasses was blockaded by the British during the Revolutionary War, which led to the rise of rye’s popularity. Then, a bunch of unwanted taxes forced distillers to move to the land of corn in Kentucky, which ultimately became the birthplace of Bourbon.
Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Hotel & Resort, 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600
Galena Mosovich is the lead writer for cocktail culture for Miami.com and The Miami Herald.
“Old Fashioned & Fierce" at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach