Old Fashioneds prove a new hit at Edinburgh bar

old fashioned bothyA focus on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail has proven a hit at The Bothy Restaurant and Drinkery in Edinburgh.

It is offered made with Woodford Reserve or Gentleman Jack whiskeys or with Auchentoshan or Glenkinchie whiskies, served in a hip flask.

General manager Colin Brand said: “The feedback we have received from customers has been excellent and even our regulars have become quite fond of them.

“Most of them love the hip flask as it really adds to the cocktail and is a nod to the Scottish heritage of the drink. However we can also serve it in a brandy balloon, while for larger groups we serve it in a crystal decanter with crystal glasses to share.”

The Old Fashioned has become of the most popular drinks on the new cocktail menu which also specialises in ingredients picked fresh from the local area.

The menu also includes cocktails such as the Raspberry and Almond Collins, a chilli-infused Mango and Jalapeño Margarita and a Strawberry and Vanilla Fizz.

Colin said the Old Fashioned was a “no-nonsense cocktail” which is why it is served in a hip flask. “Some things are quintessentially blokeish and this is right up there with Old Spice, DIY, Yorkie bars and brown sauce.

“This drink is something of a forgotten classic which is enjoying a revival because it is the chosen drink of Don Draper and his pals in Mad Men.

“Despite that, you’d have a hard job finding a proper Old Fashioned in most places, so we are delighted to have reintroduced it.”

The Bothy Restaurant and Drinkery was created last year at the old Murrayfield Hotel in Edinburgh’s west end, offering pub-style food and an extensive menu of cocktails and beers with Scottish elements.

The cosy interior with quirky touches was designed by Jim Hamilton, who also worked on Tigerlily in Edinburgh and Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow.

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