The Gold Fashioned: a warming classic riff using local honey

This single malt Scotch take on the Old Fashioned is one worth sipping.


The Old Fashioned is a cocktail traditionally made with American whiskey, but for this riff on the classic formulation we’re using Aberfeldy 12 single malt whisky — a single malt Scotch whisky affectionately known as the Golden Dram. Hence the name: Gold Fashioned. Get it?

The honey gives weight to the cocktail and hits it off with the honeyed and fruity notes in the Aberfeldy 12; a double combo of orange and Angostura aromatic bitters brings the ingredients together.

The Gold Fashioned — garnished with an orange zest. Photo: Boothby
The Gold Fashioned — garnished with an orange zest. Photo: Boothby

Gold Fashioned

  • 50ml Aberfeldy 12
  • 15ml local honey syrup*
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


  1. In a mixing glass, add all ingredients and stir with ice.
  2. Strain into a double rocks glass over block ice.
  3. Garnish with an orange zest.

*For the honey syrup, mix 100g of local honey to 64g of hot water. Stir, and cool down in the fridge. Once chilled, bottle and use accordingly.

Further reading.

This Hot Toddy may not fix all that ails you, but it helps
Lemon, honey, and good single malt Scotch whisky — you cannot go wrong with a good Hot Toddy.
Local Australian honey is unique; here’s how to use it in drinks
Thanks to Australia’s unique flora, our honeys are unlike any other — and a great addition to drinks.
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