On November 13th, Columbus, Ohio based Watershed Distillery released their newest product a pre-mixed Old Fashioned. I’ve seen several bottled barrel aged Manhattan offerings from different companies but this is the first bottle to glass Old Fashioned I can recall coming across.
Watershed takes their 90 proof bourbon, mixes in orange & aromatic bitters, raw cane sugar, and juice from Ohio grown cherries which brings this mix down to about 35% ABV or 70 proof. All that’s left is to grab a glass, add some ice, pour, and serve. Pre-mixed cocktails and craft cocktail mixers like Cocktail Crate’s make home bartending even easier, especially when you’ve got a party, barbecue, or are just entertaining multiple guests. You can crank out great drinks with consistent quality without having to spend too much time away from being a good host. This would be a great option for all of your holiday parties coming up soon, so keep it in mind.
All that being said, I recall Watershed being a very oaky bourbon which I don’t traditionally use in my Old Fashioned’s, I tend to go for the more savory and spicy bourbons. I’m definitely interested in giving this a go though and hope to see some other companies popping up with this soon. If you’re in Ohio you can get a bottle for around $35 and keep your eyes peeled for this to start expanding to other regions soon.