Old Fashioned Holiday

Matt Ellingson

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Old Fashioned Holiday

The Old Fashioned is a true American original as the United States gave birth to the cocktail.  And if there is to be one original American spirit, it would be Apple Brandy from the Laird family.

William Laird settled here in 1698, bringing with him a recipe for apple brandy from Scotland.  His great-grandson Robert Laird served in the Revolutionary Army under George Washington.  Before the revolution, young George had written and requested the family recipe for 'cyder spirits' from the family.  To this day he remains the only person outside the family to ever have the formula shared with him.

In 1780, Robert incorporated Laird's Distillery, becoming the first licensed commercial distillery in America.  Also known for the lower proof version Applejack, Laird's Apple Brandy is a spirit we should all cherish.

During the holiday season, there are many ways to celebrate the bounty of winter and the tree fruit flavors that make their way to our tables.  When it's cold outside, I want a fire roaring, apples baking, and hard spices being grated and roasted.  It feels, tastes, and smells like a beautiful time of year.

This Old Fashioned riff has the undertones of apples, with hard spices from the liqueur and the bitters.  And as you sip, the charred rosemary dances all around.  Celebrate with your family by toasting our first family of American spirits, the Laird family.


2 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy

1/2 oz Demerara Syrup

1/4 oz Allspice Dram

3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters


Build all elements in an Old Fashioned glass.  Add ice and briefly stir to chill.  Garnish with a charred sprig of Rosemary.


Dan Mayorgas - December 25, 2020 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love it with the Rosemary!!!

Dan Mayorgas - December 13, 2020

A great Holiday Old Fashioned! This is fantastic!

Jason Knapp - December 11, 2020 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

An instant holiday tradition for me! I love Old Fashioneds, and this version evokes spiced cider. Delicious!

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