Maker's Mark and Jim Beam: Two legendary bourbons. But which one do you prefer for that perfect Old Fashioned you plan on crafting this evening? The Old Fashioned is the Official Cocktail of Louisville, so it's a serious question.
Jim Beam is famous for their high rye mashbills, while Maker's Mark is renowned for their wheated bourbons. Is the softer, sweeter wheat or the bolder, spicier rye the one you like?
This is a cocktail emergency... so Maker's Mark and Jim Beam dispatched their cocktail experts (Beth Burrows and Thomas Bolton) to meet with the Brotherhood at The Blankenbaker and educate us on various versions of the classic Old Fashioned.
We tasted four neat pours (two examples from each distillery):
We also tasted samples of Old Fashioned cocktails made with each of these four whiskeys. Here are the four recipes:
1. Traditional Old Fashioned: 2 parts Maker's Mark, .5 parts simple syrup, 4 dashes Aztec Chocolate Bitters, flamed orange peel.
2. Bill's Old Fashioned: 2 parts Maker's Mark 46, .5 parts Demerara syrup (1:1), flamed orange peel.
3. Semi-Traditional Old Fashioned: 2 parts Legent, .5 parts Demerara syrup (2:1), 4 dashes Black Lemon Bitters, flamed orange peel.
4. Baked Apple Old Fashioned: 2 parts Knob Creek, .5 parts brown sugar simple syrup (2:1), 2 dashes Whiskey Barrel Bitters, 3 dashes Apple Bitters, cherry.
Each guest brought home a Jim Beam rocks glass and a Maker's Mark ice cube tray. And of course we had fantastic door prizes as always.
Photos courtesy of Yono Photographer. Professional promotional models provided by Accent Models Louisville.