Drink this Mexican Old Fashioned a.k.a. "Corn on the Cob" for Hispanic Heritage Month (2024)

Drink this Mexican Old Fashioned a.k.a. "Corn on the Cob" for Hispanic Heritage Month (1)

(Editor’s note: This story was initially published on May 4 and has been updated for Mexican Independence Day on September 16.)

I’ll make this short and sweet, like the drink you should consume during Hispanic Heritage Month.

I am primarily a whiskey drinker. Sometimes it’s bourbon, sometimes it’s scotch. Sometimes it’s rye, sometimes it’s wheated. From Tennessee, Japan, France and California … doesn’t matter, I’m choosing whiskey.

So on this day, of all days, you'd think I’d deviate. Right? Not a chance.

Do me a favor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Canelo Alvarez is fighting on the 30th, the weather on the east and west coast is hovering in the 70s-80s and you deserve a sweet and stiff co*cktail, preferably one with just a few ingredients all from Mexico and the ability to DIY.

Recipe: Mexican Old Fashioned a.k.a Corn on the Cob

Drink this Mexican Old Fashioned a.k.a. "Corn on the Cob" for Hispanic Heritage Month (2)
  • Serve:An old fashioned or rocks glass

  • Garnish:Lemon or orange twist


    • 2.0 oz — Abasolo El Whisky de Mèxico (Balcones Blue Corn Whiskey will work here too)

    • 0.5 oz — Nixta Licor de Elote (corn liqueur — can go to 0.75 if you want a bolder taste)

    • 3 dashes of bitters

  • Make:Place the corn whiskey, Nixta and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist.

A few things here.

  • This tastes like spiked sweet cornbread, and it’s dangerous to drink because the Abasolo is low-ish on ABV (86%) and the Nixta is basically alcoholic corn syrup. That’s not a negative, it’s delicious.

  • Again, I love DIY co*cktails. Any corn whiskey should run no more than $35. Nixta isn’t a common liqueur, so go to an actual liquor store or specialty spirit shop. And I know you have bitters, I have faith in you.

  • I wouldn’t classify this as a “Mexican” drink, but it’s elevating a classic co*cktail by using items of Mexico. It’s a fun drink, and it’s good that I can consume this compared to Cadillac margaritas with salt on the rim. (Okay, that does sound delicious…might have to make one)

By the way, there is a non-whiskey drink I’d recommend that still works in the lane of this co*cktail. How about a Mezcal Old Fashioned a.k.a. Our House co*cktail?

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How to stock a drink cabinet? ›

A household drinks cabinet should include a selection of glasses (Martini, highballs, tumblers, balloons) and basic co*cktail making equipment (muddler, shaker, strainer). Stockpile all-purpose spirits (vodka, gin, Cointreau, bourbon, rum, whisky). Ensure that you have plentiful supplies of lemons and limes.

How to keep a home bar stocked? ›

Keep a collection of olives (for martinis), citrus fruits and/or peels, and maraschino or co*cktail cherries on hand for all your favorite drinks. You can find these ingredients at any grocery store, but specialty retailers also make them with co*cktail drinkers in mind.

What liqueurs should I have in my bar? ›

This means a citrus option, like Cointreau, a fruit liqueur, like Chambord or Maraschino, a nutty liqueur like Frangelico, a coffee liqueur like Kahlua, an anise liqueur such as Sambuca or Pernod, cream liqueurs like Baileys for creamy dessert co*cktails, and amari for herbal mixed drinks.

What is a drink cabinet? ›

: a cabinet or closet in which alcoholic beverages and the materials for mixing drinks are kept.

What alcohol should I stock? ›

For the most basic beginning setup, your bar should include at least three or four of the five most popular liquors: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey. With one bottle of a nice (but not super expensive) bottle of each, you have the ingredients necessary to make many of the classics.

What is the most ordered drink at a bar? ›

1. Margarita. The classic Margarita co*cktail has been one of the most popular co*cktails in America for years and still remains on top. While there are many variations, the traditional recipe consists of tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice.

Does Kahlua go bad? ›

For Kahlúa Original, we recommend a shelf life of 4 years. Actually, the product will be good for many more years, but the coffee impact fades over time so it won't give you the full flavor impact. Also, if you were to receive an old bottle of Kahlúa, you have to make sure it has never been opened or tampered with.

Do bitters go bad? ›

How Long Do Bitters Last? While we hate to see a bottle of bitters collecting dust on your home bar they do last indefinitely. They are bottled at about 70 proof or 35% alcohol, so they are perfectly preserved. However, it is possible that the flavor will change over time.

Does vermouth go bad? ›

Vermouths like Martini are fortified wines that oxidise quickly so once opened, store in the fridge and drink within a maximum of three months but ideally finish it within the first month. After that point, there will be no harmful effects to you, but the taste will be pretty nasty.

Does alcohol expire? ›

Unopened liquor of all kinds will generally keep indefinitely if stored properly. Store out of direct sunlight, tightly sealed, in a stable room-temperature environment. Once opened, distilled spirits like whiskey and gin won't expire or become unsafe to consume, but they may start to taste “off” after 1–3 years.

How do you make stock cabinets look good? ›

Apply paint.

White, gray, or any neutral color can give your kitchen a contemporary look. On the other hand, a rustic or tan brown can give your kitchen a nostalgic ambiance. You can't go wrong with white as well – painting your cabinets with this color makes your kitchen look more spacious and airy.

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