Lean into the Barrel: Tom Cat Old Fashioned

By Jake Emen; Photography by Victor Sizemore


“We aren’t shy about blurring the boundaries, and our fans have embraced that,” Ryan Christiansen, the head distiller and president of Caledonia Spirits, said. “The Tom Cat Old Fashioned is a top-three cocktail at our distillery bar because so many enjoy the familiarity of flavor that barrel aging provides the spirit, while also experiencing the nuance that the gin brings to the cocktail.”

Recipe originally published in the Fall 2021 issue of Bourbon+, in the article “Barrel-aged Gins: Your Botanical Gateway.” 

Tom Cat Old Fashioned

  • 2 ounces Tom Cat Gin or other barrel-aged gin
  • 1/2 teaspoon demerara syrup (2 parts demerara sugar: 1 part water)
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange twist or lemon peel, for garnish


Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with expressed lemon or orange twist.

Jake Emen
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The man behind ManTalkFood.com. Freelance food, drink, and travel writer who’s been published in Whisky Advocate, Eater, Tales of the Cocktail, The Whiskey Wash, Distiller and more.