Used in 52 recipes at an average of 2.871%.
A little over a year later and newly release flavors, the old fashioned is back, baby!
Get it out of the way...
Quick flavor notes.
FA Brandy - Brings a smooth, almost syrupy booze note. I don't get much sting from brandy in general, so FA does the trick. If you want more punch, add some TFA Kentucky Bourbon for an alcoholic kick. Also heard VT makes a decent brandy with more of a boozy kick.
FLV Back Bar Bitters - This is it. This is angostura bitters. No doubt 100%. The low percentage gives a nice spice note while not being overpowering to the mix.
VT Fizzy Sherbert/CAP Lemon Lime - Thanks to AlfredPudding for the Fizzy Sherbert suggestion. This combo brings a nice bright, semi carbonated Sprite feel. Keep it a 1:1 ratio to raise or lower the amount of soda you'd prefer.
FW Orange / FW Maraschino Cherry/CAP Super Sweet - While they are muddled at the bottom of a glass and cherries are topped, there is a sweet citrusy yet sticky aroma when drinking a Old Fashioned. Of course, this is a sweet.
The best part about this recipe is that it's completely tweakable. Think of it as visiting multiple bars around town, they all seem to have their own way of creating this drink. Forgot the sugar cubes? It's 1:59am and the bartender filled your glass 80% with brandy? There was only a splash of soda? You can do that. There doesn't seem to be a combination that doesn't work.
I feel this is a recipe that will never die for me, but for now, LAST CALL!
If you have to leave with one thing about people from Wisconsin, we love to drink!
A bit of a prologue
Since starting DIY, this was the recipe I knew I had to create. The first seven iterations I was able to make something that resembled this staple drink. After a year away and trying different recipes, I came back to what brought me here. With more knowledge and more flavors, this is the closest I am willing to take this mix.
Sure, some tweaking could help round out everything a little more, but in the end, it satisfies.
WARNING: INW Shisha Punch is potent as fuck. Use this at 1 drop per 15ml.
TFA Brandy / TFA Kentucky Bourbon - What's an Old Fashioned without the brandy? TFA's version is a bit more thick and syrupy than I would like, it's subtle and blends in the middle while adding some body. Bourbon is used low to enhance the Brandy and give more of the alcoholic sting in the throat.
TFA Brown Sugar / INW Shisha Punch - Big shoutout to @CriticalVape for finding the almost near perfect aromatic bitters mix. Even at low percentages, the amount of spice that is added really brings this vape to another level.
CAP Lemon Lime - Us Wisconsinites mix our Old Fashioned with Sprite. Lemon Lime brings out that bright, somewhat bubbly feel overall. After a shake, it does have a plasticy off note, but dies down after about a day steep.
FW Orange / FW Maraschino Cherry / TFA Sweetener - If you are unfamiliar with how this drink is made, a few cherries and a slice of orange are muddled in the glass with a sugar cube. These three flavors try to represent that mixture. While the cherry kind of hides in the mix, the orange tends to be upfront and overall present throughout the vape. Of course, sweetener enhances these notes. while rounding out the sharpness of the Lemon Lime and Orange.
Right off a shake, it's completely vapable, I do recommend about a day or two to kill off those off notes.
Okay. This one is interesting. I've had someone say it tastes like some sort of Japanese candy that I've never heard of. Someone has said it tastes like Skittles. I don't know about that. All I know is that it is tasty. I wasn't going for candy at all. I wanted, first and foremost, a peachy recipe. What I ended up with is fruity bliss.
First off, the stars of the show are INW Peach and TFA Juicy Peach. TFA at 3 for the in-your-face peachy goodness we all know. INW Peach at 0.5% to add a more artificial peach (this is what contributed to the candyness, as it tastes a lot like peach rings by itself). Put together, they do make an awesome combo.
Next up, FW Orange and FW Blood Orange at 1 and 3% (respectively) add to the punchiness. I typically associate a good fruit punch with a decent amount of citrus, with more exotic notes in the background, and the oranges along with FA Lemon Sicily add the right amount of citrus to the mix. The big issue here, though, is that this shit is going to hit the back of the throat like a Mack Truck if we don't do something else.
The big winner here, in my opinion, is TFA Cantaloupe. Not only does it sweeten the entire mix, but it also adds an excellent exotic note, AND gets rid of the harshness of the juice nearly entirely. At 5%, TFA Cantaloupe might not be the main note, but I believe it is the star of the show. Without it, I don't think the recipe would be nearly what it is. It was an oddball thing that I just decided to throw in while testing the recipe out, and it worked very well.
I shake and vape this, but if you let it steep a few days everything comes together a little more.
"Crush" it out of Camden Yards with the Deputy! Orange, tangerine, and creamy goodness. I took the cream base for "Ginger Sauce" and augmented it a bit to make a delightful orange and cream. Despite a large amount of citrus, it's not harsh at all. CAP Sweet Tangering and FW Orange come together to make a beautiful orange/tangerine combo that is not overly sweet or harsh. The CAP Sweet Tangerine sweetens the harshness that you usually find in orange flavors, and the FW Orange balances out that sweetness with tart citrus goodness. The addition of FA Marshmallow help to add a little mouth feel and to smooth out the cirus combo a bit more. TFA Vanilla Cupcake is added to add a hint of a bakery note that nigh undetectable. It works with the creams extremely well in this small percentage to make the vanilla pop just a little bit. The cream base itself is derived directly from my "Ginger Sauce" recipe. I simply took out the CAP Vanilla Custard v1 and the CAP Graham Cracker v1, and voila! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have. I searched for years for a good orange and cream juice, and I was never truly satisfied. This is that orange and cream for me. As a side note, this is not intended to be a dreamsicle.