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14 Ways to Celebrate the Old Fashioned

June 1-14, 2022

For the first 14 days of June, Louisville celebrates its official cocktail—the Old Fashioned— a cocktail that was originally created at the Pendennis Club downtown Louisville, before its popularity spread world-wide. This yearly celebration kicks off on June 1, which happens to be the birthday for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and concludes on National Bourbon Day--June 14.

Here are 14 days and ways to celebrate the Old Fashioned cocktail over the next several days, or anytime throughout the year.

Day 1 | Travel the Urban Bourbon Trail – There are dozens of restaurants where you can imbibe on an Old Fashioned or satiate your appetite with a bourbon-forward dish. Download the Urban Bourbon Trail digital passport to begin your adventure.

Day 2 | The Ideal Bartender Experience @ Evan Williams Bourbon Experience – As you step into the Speakeasy, you’re transported back in time to meet Louisville native and renowned bartender, Tom Bullock. As the first Black American to write & publish a cocktail book, Tom will lead you through a bourbon tasting that finishes with his own version of the Old Fashioned straight out of his recipe book. Event Dates: June 2, 3, 9 & 10.

Day 3 | Build Your Own Old Fashioned @ Hermitage Farm – Mixologists will help you put your own adventurous spin on your very own signature Old Fashioned using ingredients sourced directly from Hermitage Farm. Classes are available on select dates throughout the month. Event Dates: June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12.

Day 4 | Create Your Own Candle @ Maddox & Rose-Nulu – You get to pick and mix the scents that will fill your home with smell of bourbon with your own custom created candle.

Day 5 | Kick Off the Morning with a Kentucky Coffee @ Jackdaw – If you need a little “pick me up,” stop by Jackdaw at the Cambria on Market Street and grab a Kentucky Coffee that has all the makings of an Old Fashioned with a coffee kick! Stop back by after work (or on another day) for one of their specialty cocktails like the Blackberry Old Fashioned.

Or head to Big Bad Breakfast for the Wakey Wakey Old Fashioned, a breakfast coffee cocktail made in-house with cold brew coffee and chicory.

Day 6 | Barrels & Billets @ Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory – Travel back to the 1800s to taste, create, bottle, and name your own whiskey to take home to use in your own Old Fashioned cocktail.

Day 7 | Take a Selfie with Tom Bullock @ Sway, Hyatt Hotel Downtown – A mural by local artist, Kacy Jackson, adorns the side of Sway restaurant at the Hyatt Downtown that honors and commemorates Tom Bullock and his cocktail creation more than a century after Bullock first published his cocktail book.

Day 8 | A New Take on the Old Fashioned @ Copper & Kings Rooftop Bar – Indulge in a different kind of Old Fashioned—this time with American Brandy. Head to Copper & Kings rooftop restaurant for dinner and pair your meal with their specialty Old Fashioned with Grape and Apple Brandy.

Day 9 | Angels Envy Bourbon Dinner @ Swizzle - Go 25 floors up for a Bourbon-themed dinner at Swizzle atop the Galt House. Delight in a 5-course dinner featuring Angels Envy Bourbon, including a special Old Fashioned paired with the meal. Event Date: June 9, 7-9pm

Day 10 | Craft Your Own Cocktail @ The Frazier History Museum - Experience how to make Louisville’s official Bourbon cocktail with Old Forester's Master Taster, Jackie Zykan and the Frazier’s Certified Bourbon Stewards as they guide you through making a traditional Old Fashioned and let you put your own unique twist on the crafty cocktail while providing some fascinating history along the way.

Day 11 | Bourbon by the Bridge Redux @ Paristown – The Garden Area of Paristown will be filled with local distilleries, a new release by Jefferson’s Reserve, culinary bites and live music. Event Date: June 11, 5-8pm.

Day 12 | Boozy Brunch & Bourbon @ Mint Julep Tours – Spend your Sunday enjoying a local brunch before hopping in a van that will take you to two area distilleries for a guided tour and tasting. Event Dates: June 10 & 12.

Day 13 | Imbibe in a “Proper” Old Fashioned @ Watch Hill Proper – Nestled in the heart of Norton Commons, the new Watch Hill Proper invites bourbon enthusiasts to enjoy a unique bourbon experience while sipping on their version of the Old Fashioned that has a hint of post-Prohibition flair. Note: You do not have to be a member to visit.

Day 14 | Bathe in an Old Fashioned @ Moss Hill – After a long two weeks of celebrating, relax with Moss Hill's limited-release Old Fashioned fragrance line that includes bubble bath, lotion, soap and other goodies. You can also check out their other delightful scents like Bathe in Bourbon, Mint Julep, Kentucky Lily and many more to choose from.

Can't make it to Louisville during the two week celebration? Check out the below episode of Bourbon & Biscuits to learn how to make an Old Fashioned Bundt cake and a frozen Old Fashioned. You can learn more about the history of the Old Fashioned, here.

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