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Jeff Hammett Makes an Immortal Old Fashioned


We asked Swift Attic's bar manager Jeff Hammett to give us his personal take on this classic cocktail. Instead of the traditional bourbon, Hammett opts for Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey for its bold, full-flavored spice that is able to stand up to the interesting personal touches he adds to the drink. For his "New Fashioned," Hammett infuses the rye with ginger for two weeks to add an extra bite. But that isn't the only twist he adds to change up this classic cocktail.Advertisement
Hammett focuses on unleashing the deep, earthy flavors of the Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey through infusion methods and use of high-quality ingredients. Other Austin bartenders, though, have different methods to bring out the unique flavors of the quality rye. Myria Free at Freedmen's goes fancy by using blood orange liqueur and Dolin Rouge to balance out the spice. In contrast, legendary mixologist and Peche owner Rob Pate chooses to uses Jerry Thomas bitters to bring out the spice of the rye.

But while each mixologist and bar has their own take on this immortal drink, there is one thing that remains unchanged and critical to the best Old Fashioned cocktails: the big, full flavor of Knob Creek® Whiskey.


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