The Oaxaca Old Fashioned Recipe


There are many ways to tinker with classic drinks, but unfortunately not all or even most of these adaptations are good (mango mojito, anyone?). Here's a relative newcomer that more than makes up for so many lackluster takes on classics: the Oaxaca Old Fashioned.

Developed by New York barman Phil Ward years ago while managing the bar at Death & Company, the Oaxaca Old Fashioned takes one of the central, and, if I may say, greatest drinks in mixology and gives it a south-of-the-border spin. The result is a drink that is simple yet elaborate, with the sparky mellowness of reposado tequila accented by the ethereal smokiness of mezcal, with traces of spice and chocolate dancing around the edges.

What with all the mezcal discussions that have been taking place here and in the New York Times, the Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a fantastic way to get started at the mezcal well.

(One note on ingredients: when the New York Times first ran this recipe in 2007, they called for Angostura bitters. The drink is better, and properly made, with Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters, which were unavailable commercially at the time the article came out, but were in use at Death & Company; Bittermens is now available in select stores and for online purchase, and while Angostura will get you there in this drink, you should really check out the mole bitters for the full experience of deliciousness.)

Recipe Details

The Oaxaca Old Fashioned Recipe

Active 2 mins
Total 2 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila (El Tesoro recommended)

  • 1/2 ounce mezcal (Los Amantes Joven recommended)

  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar

  • 1 to 2 dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters (substitute Angostura)

  • Wide swath of orange zest, for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir to chill, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Twist orange peel over drink and use as garnish (for extra flavor and excitement, flame the peel by spraying the orange oil through the flame of a lit match and on top of the drink)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 14mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)