LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- You can now raise your glass to Louisville's official cocktail. You guessed it, it's the Old Fashioned. Mayor Greg Fischer announced the cocktail Thursday night at ReSurfaced.

The Pendennis Club in downtown Louisville says they invented the Old Fashioned cocktail in the 1880's. Club member and bourbon distiller, Colonel James E. Pepper, introduced the cocktail at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The drink's popularity has sparked since that introduction.

Louisville is now one of two cities in the USA to claim an official cocktail, the other being New Orleans.

National Bourbon Day is on June 14. There are plenty of bourbon-inspired opportunities in June to get out and enjoy an Old Fashioned in Louisville:

  • The Urban Bourbon Trail Restaurant Week: Highlights the Old Fashioned at the city's 34 best bourbon bars and restaurants. Specials are available now until June 14.

  • The Kentucky Bourbon Affair: A fantasy camp for bourbon lovers packed with once-in-a-lifetime distillery, culinary and bourbon experiences. It takes place June 3-7.

  • ReSurfaced: The Bourbon Edition gives bourbon a twist and is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in June. America's Native Spirit and the local food scene will be celebrated. This pop-up party, which was launched in 2014, transforms a vacant lot on Main Street into an art, performance and social gathering space.

A complete list of events, including National Bourbon Day specials, can be found here.

If you're interested in staying home, here is the recipe to make your own Old Fashioned:


    2 ounces fine Kentucky Bourbon

    1 tsp. simple syrup (or

    ½ lump of sugar) ½ slice orange

    1 cherry with stem

    1 lemon twist

    2 dashes Angostura bitters


Mix sugar, water and Angostura bitters in an Old Fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, stir and enjoy.

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