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A New Classic: The Smoked Old Fashioned

February 11th, 2016

In the modern world, I think it’s fair to say that innovation is a very, very elusive thing. With all of our interconnectedness and collective knowledge – thanks, Internet! – it’s hard to fathom creating something new and original. Seriously, what hasn’t been done, or at least attempted?

Nowhere is this idea more evident than in the resurgence of cocktail culture. I mean, when you’re working in the realm of classic cocktails, how on earth can you do something original with just two or three ingredients? You’ve got to imagine that every possible permutation has been tried and experimented with by any number of professional or home mixologists.

Perhaps one of the simplest and most pure of all classic cocktails is the venerable Old Fashioned. Whiskey, sugar, bitters and ice. How can this be improved upon? Well, my friend Josh Brandenburg of Bar 44 at the Royalton Hotel in New York City came up with a creative twist on the old classic – and it includes a smoked wood chip. Delicious.

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Video produced and edited by Corey Maloney. Photography by Rob McIver Photo. Shot on location at the Royalton Hotel, 44 West 44th Street, New York, NY.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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Videography by Rob McIver

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