Video: How to Make a Porchetta Old Fashioned

Discovering a new twist on a classic cocktail is always a treat. Our in-house mixologist and senior designer, Jim Kershaw, shares a Vermont-themed version of an Old Fashioned that showcases WhistlePig rye whiskey and pure maple syrup. The rye is distilled on an old dairy farm just about an hour north of Orvis HQ, and the the maple syrup was made by an Orvis associate on his farm in nearby Shaftsbury.

The Old Fashioned is the official cocktail of the city of Louisville, Kentucky, as the drink was invented there, at the Pendennis Club, in the 1890s. The original called for whiskey, Angostura Bitters, a sugar cube, and water. I think you’ll agree that Jim’s version is more interesting and complex. Try one, and you’ll see.

Porchetta Old Fashioned

1. Pour:

  • 1-1/2 oz. WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye
  • 1/2 oz. Amaro Montenegro
  • Splash of Vermont maple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash of Orange Bitters

2. Stir over ice.

3. Strain over a large ice cube.

4. Garnish with an orange peel.

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