Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s Old Fashioned
One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin. In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.
Like reading an actual book or churning your own butter, some things are still considered old fashioned in today’s hustle and bustle society. But what happens when your actual name is literally “Old Fashioned?”
Rather than trying to answer that question, Lake Tahoe AleWorX focuses their vision (and ingredients) forward to create this week’s libation — their Old Fashioned.
It’s tough slogging to try something new when your dealing with an old fashioned — there’s an expectation when the drink is ordered.
As one of four new Old Fashioned drinks on the Stateline menu, we focus on the one that most people associate with their grandparents — the O.G. of the O.F.s.
This cocktail starts by going way back in time to the caveman days using fire to heat up the outside of an orange peel to help get those citrus rivers flowing. That’s added to the glass with a lemon peel and a globe of ice where they await the flapper party of flavor.
Russell’s straight rye whiskey, oleo (their house made simple syrup), and raw sugar are mixed together with a couple of whips of the bar spoon and then poured into the serving glass. It’s topped off with a Luxardo cherry that you can eat and tie the stem into a knot with your tongue for the ultimate bar trick.
Good whiskey warms the insides without burning, so it’s especially good on a cold winter day.
Like grandpa’s bald head, it’s smooth. You get just a slight hint of citrus, but it’s only slight. Here, the whiskey does all the talking without going full whiskey on you.
This drink doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not — no b.s. It’s a blue collar drink with white collar taste. While fashion will always be open to interpretation, so will this cocktail — even if it carries the word “old” in front of it.
Lake Tahoe AleWorX’s Stateline restaurant and bar is located at 31 U.S. 50, Suite 105, and is open from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Learn more at http://www.laketahoealeworx.com or on Facebook (@laketahoealeworx).