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How to Make the Best Tequila Old Fashioned

Have you ever tried an Old Fashioned with tequila instead of whiskey? Calirosa Añejo Tequila is perfect for this modern take on a classic cocktail.

An Old Fashioned is a timeless cocktail traditionally made with whiskey or bourbon. Combined with a few other ingredients, it is a perfect combination of sweetness, bitters, and spirits. 

With the growing popularity of premium tequilas, many bartenders started crafting tequila Old Fashioned cocktail recipes. While tequila Old Fashioned history might not be as long as the original drink, it has become a popular bar option. 

Whether you are a tequila lover or want to try a new recipe, Añejo Old Fashioned tequila is a unique blend of classic and modern tastes. 

What is an Old Fashioned?

A traditional Old Fashioned has few ingredients but develops a complex flavor profile. Traditionally crafted with whiskey, this liquor cocktail was made for sipping. As you slowly sip the drink, you’ll enjoy aromas from the orange peel, the sweetness of sugar, and the intensity of the aromatic bitters. 

Calirosa Añejo Tequila

While you may think tequila is an odd choice for an Old Fashioned, Añejo tequila has similar flavors and aromas of whiskeys and bourbons. Our Calirosa Añejo Tequila is a perfect alternative for whiskey in an Old Fashioned. 

Calirosa Añejo Tequila is a premium tequila aged eighteen months in California red wine barrels. Our Añejo Tequila is a dark amber color ideal for enjoying with cocktails and on the rocks. Our unique distilling process ensures we deliver the highest-quality tequila for you to enjoy.

Añejo Tequila is perfect for sipping drinks, margaritas, or liquor cocktails and is ideal for parties, events, and especially your next weekend getaway.

How to Make a Calirosa Tequila Old Fashioned Recipe with Orange Peel

Ready to make your own Calirosa Old Fashioned? Here is the full recipe. To start, you’ll need the following ingredients for this Old Fashioned tequila recipe.

  • 1.5 oz Calirosa Añejo
  • .5 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 Brown Sugar Cube
  • 1 drop Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Peel for Garnish
  • Large, Fresh Ice Cubes


Once you have your tequila Old Fashioned ingredients collected, it’s time to pour a drink. 

You’ll be crafting your Añejo tequila Old Fashioned in an Old Fashioned mixing glass. Start the recipe by adding the sugar cube, aromatic bitters, vermouth, and one ounce of Calirosa to the old-fashioned glass. 

Stir the cocktail until the cube dissolves. Add the remainder of the tequila and stir again. Finish this tequila Old Fashioned drink with a big ice cube and garnish with an orange peel twist. 

Tips For the Perfect Tequila Old Fashioned

Want to perfect your recipe tequila? We’ve collected some tips that will help you craft the perfect Añejo tequila cocktails.

  • An Old Fashioned recipe is stirred. Never use a cocktail shaker when crafting this recipe.
  • Big fresh ice cubes are always the best option for any sipping cocktail.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to create your orange peel twist.
  • A rocks glass is the preferred mixing glass for this drink. 
  • Fun Fact: “Oaxaca Old Fashioned” is an alternative tequila old-fashioned name.

Does Aged Tequila Taste Better?

For many spirits, the longer they age, the better they taste. Tequila is a rare exception to this rule and it has specific aging rules that should be followed. Depending on the type of tequila, the spirit should be aged one to three years. This añejo tequila takes on a new flavor profile during the aging process. 

Our Rosa Blanco Tequila is aged 30 days and develops an unmistakable pink hue with a citrus and berry profile. Our Añejo Tequila spends 18 months in our California red wine barrels and sets a more complex flavor profile and a deep red color. This liquor is perfect for sipping on the rocks and other summer drinks

Finally, our Extra Añejo Tequila is aged 36 months and develops rich oak notes, vanilla flavors, and caramel undertones.  

Flavor Profile

Calirosa Añejo Tequila has a robust flavor and aroma profile. You’ll notice hints of vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, and chocolate during each tasting. In addition, it has a warming smoothness, and the aroma is filled with toffee, chocolate, and cinnamon.

This process makes our tequila an excellent sipping tequila and an ideal replacement in an Old Fashioned. 

Can you Make an Old Fashioned With Tequila?

While a traditional Old Fashioned is made with whiskey or bourbon, Añejo tequila is an ideal alternative in an Old Fashioned. Añejo tequila has many of the same characteristics of fine whiskey and a similar flavor and aroma profile.

This makes an Añejo tequila Old Fashioned an excellent cocktail option for tequila lovers.

Why you Should Choose Calirosa Tequila

Whether you are a drinker of other tequila brands or looking to expand your cocktail recipe menu, premium tequilas are an exciting option. We use the highest quality blue weber agave nectar that produces a complex liquor.

Calirosa Tequila offers three craft tequilas, perfect for all types of drinks. The flavors make a perfect margarita or will compliment your favorite cocktail.

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