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It’s Official: Why Louisville celebrates a classic cocktail

Louisville lies in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry and is the spot where one of the quintessential Bourbon cocktails — the Old Fashioned — was created. The Old Fashioned was declared the official drink of Louisville in 2015, and the city celebrates by hosting the Old Fashioned Fortnight and highlighting the cocktail through Bourbon-related events and promotions during the first two weeks of June each year. The celebration culminates on June 14, the national day of Bourbon.

The term “cocktail” likely had its beginnings in Britain, but became popular in the U.S. in the early 1800s as a drink concoction similar to the Old Fashioned made of bitters, sugar, water, and a spirit of choice, such as brandy or rum. By the mid-1800s, cocktails were being embellished with syrups, fruits, and other garnishes, which led some individuals to ask for their libation “the old fashioned way” to describe the cocktail they preferred.

Read more about the origin of the Old Fashioned and Louisville history here.

Guest Contributor

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson
Board Member, Frazier History Museum