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Old Fashioned Fortnight

Old Fashioned Fortnight will occur from June 1-14, 2018.

Bourbon Country has a special place in its heart for the Old Fashioned, and since Louisville declared the legendary bourbon drink the city’s “official cocktail” in 2015 by order of Mayor Fisher, the entire city celebrates.

For two weeks, a “fortnight” will be under way and Louisville will shine a spotlight on the cocktail with bourbon-related events and promotions in the city during “Old Fashioned Fortnight.” It’s under way June 1-14, 2018.


June 1

  • Old Fashioned Fortnight Kick Off
  • Kentucky's Birthday
  • First Friday Trolley Hop

June 2

  • Whisky LIVE
  • Downs After Dark - Churchill Downs

June 3

  • Peerless Distilling 3rd Birthday
  • Prohibition Parlor - The Limbo

June 4

  • 3rd Anniversary of the Old Fashioned becoming Louisville's Official Cocktail

June 5

  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair begins
    • Kentucky Frontier Fest - Frazier History Museum

June 6

  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair
    • Bondaroo - 120 years of Bottled-in-Bonds - Evan Williams 
    • Cooking at Millie's - Millie's
    • Angel's Envy Cask Portfolio Dinner - Angel's Envy
    • A Night of Discovery with Rabbit Hole - Rabbit Hole Distillery

June 7

  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair
    • Cooking at Millie's - Millie's
    • Kentucky Barbeque - Michter's Style - Michter's & Red Hog
    • An Interactive Evening of Bourbon-Infused Delights - Chef Space

June 8

  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair
    • Bourbon & Brunch - Fante's Coffee House
    • Bondaroo - 120 Years of Bottled-In-Bonds - Evan Williams
    • Bottled in Bond Celebration - Louisville Marriott Downtown
    • Rye Not? - Rye Louisville
    • Brown Family Dinner & VIP Distillery Tour - Old Forester Distillery

June 9

  • Bourbon By The Bridge
  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair
    • Higher Proof Expo - Omni Louisville Hotel
    • Angel's Fare - Omni Louisville Hotel

June 10

  • Kentucky Bourbon Affair Ends
    • Bourbon Badass Brunch - The Henry Clay

June 14

  • National Bourbon Day
  • Old Forester Distillery Opens



2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 splash water

1 teaspoon sugar

1 Maraschino cherry

1 orange wedge


Mix sugar, water and Angostura bitters in an Old Fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, stir and enjoy.

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