Chicago-based Sunday’s Finest Cocktails launched its first ready-to-drink Gold Fashioned in 2021, and the world of RTD has never been the same. With a strong focus on producing perfectly sourced, handcrafted cocktails that can be enjoyed anywhere, the Sunday’s Finest team—led by founder Robert Haynes—created The breakthrough to make this cocktail stand out is with the introduction of a classic, super-premium Old Fashioned blend, created with the best possible variations of its relatively simple ingredients ( whiskey, bitters, sugar).
No stranger to the cocktail world, Haynes, a dedicated bartender in Chicago, rose through the ranks at James Beard award-winning cocktail bar The Violet Hour before shifting focus to helping create Letherbee Distillers’ Bësk , a classic revered by industry experts and globally. absorber. In 2017, he co-founded Apologue, an award-winning line of liqueurs featuring palate-provoking ingredients. His debut, along with co-founders Jordan Tepper and Damiane Nickles, of Gold Fashioned in 2021 earned him a double Gold medal at the LA Spirits Championship and Bottled Cocktail of the Year title from Mr..
Gold Fashioned’s 2022 iteration elevates the original with a split blend of three older whiskeys for the perfect balance of richness, spice and character: Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15 years, Kentucky Straight Bourbon 9 years and Indiana Straight Rye 6 years. Complementing the whiskeys are Sunday’s Finest Saffron Bitters (in-house) and natural raw Fair-Trade Demerara from Malawi. In terms of taste, the bittersweet blend is joined by hand-harvested Afghan saffron, wild-harvested French gentian root and Seville orange peel, delivering floral top notes and bitter citrus balanced by the warmth and spice of an Ecuadorian A-grade Tahitian cocoa and vanilla. Warning: A taste, and no other Old Fashioned can compare. (Move over the Angostura drip block.)
Haynes said: ‘This year’s Gold Fashioned represents the culmination of more than a decade behind the bar, working meticulously to make each cocktail even better than the last. “Every ingredient of this world-class cocktail has been refined and is ready to be enjoyed with your friends and loved ones whenever and wherever suits you best.’
Gold Fashioned’s custom packaging (elegant blue and gold double box) makes it ideal for gifting. The presentation consists of a passion spray filled with a mixture of Valencia, citrus and red orange, misted over a poured cocktail, ideally cooled with a large ice cube. Each 750 ml bottle ($150) contains approximately 12 2 oz cocktails.
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