The best old fashioned cocktail in Cape Town

Brought to you by Woodford Reserve 

Last month, the Eat Out team went out on Cape Town’s Bourbon Trail to find best Old Fashioned cocktails made by some of the city’s most talented barmen. Now that the scorecards have been tallied, we can announce that the winner, and new owner of the bragging rights to call themselves the makers of the best Woodford Old Fashioned in Cape Town, is Bascule Whiskey and Wine Bar at the Cape Grace Hotel.

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A total of 10 Cape bars took part in the competition, in which they were required to pour a top-quality Old Fashioned cocktail using Woodford Reserve and an interesting combination of bitters and orange.

From bacon garnishes to thyme infused bitters and marmalade, the teams were creative in putting together their best versions of this popular tipple.

Bartenders were judged on their technique, ambition and interaction with the customer, and cocktails were judged on the presentation, nose and taste.

The judges commended Bascule’s talented and professional mixologist and beverage manager Johan Blaauw, who was extremely knowledgeable when it came to using Woodford Reserve. Johan stuck to the classics for his Old Fashioned, while using a combination of muscovado and maple syrup to sweeten the deal. In an interesting twist, he used no ice in preparation of the drink, giving it a more powerful flavour punch.


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If you’d like to replicate Eat Out’s search for the ultimate Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned, visit one of the 10 participating bars:
Bascule Whiskey and Wine Bar
Burger & Lobster
Charango Grill and Bar
The Gin Bar
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium
Tjing Tjing

Woodford Reserve has been crafted in small batches since 1812. There is an art to producing handcrafted bourbon that’s as beautifully balanced as Woodford Reserve. The artisanal process allows its American makers to craft using all five sources of flavour – grain, water, fermentation, distillation and maturation – providing a distinct taste and crisp clean finish. Woodford Reserve has become synonymous with the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, steeped in history and enjoyed by connoisseurs around the world. The modern version of the cocktail is tailored to a more distinguished palate and Woodford Reserve is the perfect craft bourbon to bring together this classic drink.

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