Oaxaca Old Fashioned – Happy Halloween!!

October 27, 2016

Fiona is dressing up as a ladybug for Halloween this year, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Audrey made the costume from scratch, which is awesome, but part of me wishes she was a bit more ghoulish. Why not a zombie ladybug?! Eh, I guess she is only two . . . there’s time. Speaking of ghoulish, I thought it would be fun to unleash one of the skeletons from the closet and put him to work (his name is Fred – don’t ask). Fred’s bartending skills were rather raw, his technique a bit rigid, and conversation painfully hollow, but in the end he executed the cocktail to perfection. This modern classic is a Phil Ward original (Death & Co, Mayahuel), an agave lover’s ode to the Old Fashioned, and one of the cocktails that helped put mezcal back on the map.

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Oaxaca Old Fashioned - Happy Halloween!!

An agave lover’s ode to the Old Fashioned
Servings: 1 cocktail



  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with ice, and stir for 30 seconds to combine.
  2. Strain into an old fashioned glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with a fresh twist of orange and serve!!

(images by HonestlyYUM; recipe from Death & Co)


Make no bones about it, this is just ghoulishly fun! I love mezcal to begin with, and anything with bitters is just my cup of tea…or liquor…whatever… Anyway, the photography is insane as always. I have to ask though, does Fred work only the graveyard shift at Casa Fiona?

Thanks Homer!! You’re welcome to borrow Fred for some Halloween fun, or perhaps some Fiona dancing! 😛

Do you have any mezcal recs? Wanting to add a bottle to my home bar but want to pick the right one! Thx 🙂

Hi Sarah! Hmmm, that’s a great question! Del Maguey will always have a special place in my heart, as it was the first mezcals I ever tried. It was one of the original brands that put premium mezcal back on the map in the US. They offer a number of varietals, but I’ve always been a fan of the Chichicapa. Lately, a couple of my other favorite brands have been Fidencio, and El Jolgorio. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of those. Again, each offer several varietals. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny, as most good mezcal is in the $70-$120 per bottle range (and even higher). I always like to find a local bar that offers a diverse selection, and then asking the bartender for some recommendations and some samples. That way when I shell out for a full bottle I know it’s worth it! I hope this helps. Love that you’re expanding your home bar!! Thanks for stopping by the site.

I’m not even going to ask how fun it was to set these shots up! haha

Haha, it sure was bizarre – hanging out by myself in a dark room mixing drinks with a skeleton!! 🙂

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