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Fairmont Old Fashioned

Fairmont hotels do cocktails well. So well, in fact, that every couple years the resort chain comes out with a new collection of drinks meant to represent classic cocktails from select properties, or craft cocktails or — as is the case this year — classic and revived classics (with a modern twist) created and tested by leading Fairmont bartenders. The result is the Classics Perfected menu, a list of six reinvented classics and six timeless favourites such as the G&T, Sidecar, Moscow Mule and Margarita.

I had the opportunity to sample three of the revived classics — the Sparkling Collins Royale, VSOP Boulevardier and Fairmont Old Fashioned (see recipe) — at the cocktail launch event at the Fairmont Palliser earlier this week.

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum is a great edition to this twist on a classic Old Fashioned. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum is a great addition to this twist on a classic Old Fashioned. Image courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

The event was held in the street-level Starbucks, which, back in the day, housed the infamous Kings Arms bar (also known as “The Pit”). (The hotel is exploring the possibility of turning the space into a speakeasy by night, but nothing is confirmed, so if you arrive at the hotel seeking cocktails, go to The Oak Room bar.)

I really liked the Sparkling Collins Royale, which is like a cross between a Tom Collins and a Mojito (think vodka and lemon meet mint) that’s topped with Veuve champagne! I also loved the Fairmont Old Fashioned. It’s made especially yummy thanks to the addition of Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, which adds a hit of sweet molasses to the drink.

Fairmont Old Fashioned

  • 1 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 1 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup (1:1 sugar-to-water)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: wide orange disk

Method: In a pint mixing glass combine spirits, syrup and bitters. Fill 3/4 full of ice and stir swiftly for 20 seconds. Fill an Old Fashioned glass 3/4 full with fresh ice. Strain cocktail into glass. Express orange peel oil over top of drink, twist peel, and then drop into glass.

— Recipe courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Drink of the Week: Tres Fashionable

Drinking Old Fashioneds is the fashionable thing to do, it’s true. There’s one on seemingly every menu — with slight variations like unique bitters flavours such as black walnut — and they’re a fan favourite among men.

I came across this French version of an Old Fashioned, called a Tres Fashionable, at Parc Cafe and Brasserie while researching my June Spirited Calgary column for the Calgary Herald, which is all about the proliferation of French bistros and cocktails (running June 13). The Tres Fashionable uses a mix of cognac and Calvados instead of bourbon or rye, and it’s sweetened with a touch of vanilla syrup. This cocktail works on a sunny patio or sipped inside a warm room on a rainy spring evening. Salut!

Parc Cafe and Brasserie makes an Old Fashioned using French ingredients.

Parc Cafe and Brasserie makes an Old Fashioned using French ingredients.

Tres Fashionable

  • 1-1/2 oz Camus Cognac VS
  • 1/2 oz Boulard Calvados (Pays d’Auge)
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
  • Toasted oak bitters (Napa Valley Bitters)

Method: Into a mixing glass add the cognac, Calvados and vanilla syrup. Add ice and stir for approximately 30 seconds. Spritz a rocks glass with a spray of toasted oak bitters. Strain the contents of the mixing glass into the rocks glass and then add one more spritz of bitters on top of the drink.

— Recipe courtesy Matt LaRocque, Parc Cafe and Brasserie