There comes a time in everyone’s life when these things are necessary.
Today, it’s the Old Fashioned’s turn.
Reintroduce yourself to the Rose Bar at Delano South Beach. They’ve got a new barkeep, a new bar menu and a few radical thoughts about what now constitutes an Old Fashioned. Herewith, three things you should know before bellying back up to the bar tonight:
1. Call it a New Fashioned. The bartender here has done stints at both the Mondrian and Fontainebleau. Turns out, he picked up a few nifty tricks while he was there. Like how to double-infuse the classic Old Fashioned with bacon fat. And, you know, not make it taste terrible.
2. In the event you don’t like bacon. They’re doing the whole tailor-made-drink thing here now, too. Just tell the bartender what you’re into—could be a spirit (whiskey) or a taste (things that taste like whiskey)—and he’ll mix you up a little custom cocktail... that you can totally name after yourself.
3. Forget the pretzels. And what does one eat with a bacon Old Fashioned—how about something from the new bar menu. Like truffle-butter popcorn or housemade potato chips covered in warm blue-cheese-fonduta sauce.
Better make that fonduta a double.