New Coffee Old Fashioned Comes To Crafthouse Cocktails’ Lineup

, | March 29, 2023

Crafthouse Cocktails will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new, limited Coffee Old Fashioned for fans of ready-to-drink cocktails.

A statement from the cocktail maker notes that this limited release bottle will be available April 3rd via ReserveBar and in select states.

The launch is a partnership with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee, which is bringing the Guatemalan ‘Catuai’ coffee varietal, and Michigan’s Traverse City Whiskey Co., producing the custom whiskey blend.

Crafthouse Cocktails Coffee Old-Fashioned

Crafthouse Cocktails will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new, limited Coffee Old Fashioned for fans of ready-to-drink cocktails. (image via Crafthouse Cocktails)


Custom bitters will round out the cocktail for a new take on the old fashioned.

At the beginning of the process, Crafthouse co-founder and world champion mixologist Charles Joly said he set out to source the best possible expressions of each ingredient while looking to create a riff on one of the cocktail world’s most enduring classics. Basically, it was inspired by his love of a good cup of coffee.

His cocktail maker notes show that the Coffee Old Fashioned is balanced with flavors of cacao, freshly roasted coffee, baking spice and citrus. Joly broke down each ingredient:

  • The coffee: “The honey-processed ‘Catuai’ coffee cultivar from Dark Matter is sourced from the San Jeronimo Miramar in Guatemala. The honey process begins with ripe coffee cherries picked and transported to the mill, then pulped using a dry-pulper to ensure that only the skin of the cherry is removed, keeping as much sugary mucilage as possible on the bean. This allows for some fermentation and also leaves residual sugars from the pulp in the fruit, producing a sweet, juicy cup of coffee with flavor notes of strawberry, dark chocolate and brown sugar.”
  • The whiskey: “Traverse City Whiskey Co. contributed a blend of straight bourbons with two high-rye mash bills ranging from two to five years of age. It has a spicy nose with hints of clove, cedar, and cumin over a base of warm oak. The palate is cool and lightly grassy transitioning to a full, rounded body that has both cane sugar sweetness with hints of citrus, followed by a nutty finish that complements the coffee. The team hand-picked over a dozen single barrels for the batch.”
  • The bitters: “Custom made for the Coffee Old Fashioned, the bitters feature a blend of citrus peel, baking spices and cacao sourced from Sleep Walk Chocolate that bind everything together seamlessly.”

“We’ve known the folks at Dark Matter Coffee and Traverse City Whiskey Co. for more than 15 years,” explained Crafthouse Co-Founder Matt Lindner. “It’s exciting to partner with them on a release that will appeal to everyone from cocktail lovers to coffee drinkers.”

The Coffee Old Fashioned clocks in at 25.6% ABV and will be available April 3rd in Illinois, Colorado, Michigan and California at select retailers, on ReserveBar, and via Crafthouse Cocktails’ website. It has a suggested retail price of $39.99 per 750mL bottle.

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