The standard recipe for an Old-Fashioned goes like this: 2 ounces bourbon/rye whiskey, 1 sugar cube, and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Muddle the sugar and bitters, then add the whiskey in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist. An untouchable classic.

Or is it? Don Draper and others who are old-school about their Old-Fashioneds may find it tough to imagine why anyone would want to mess with a good thing. But plenty of pro drink-slingers and creative home bartenders have put their stamp on the drink over the years. As a memorable Slate research paper article explained:

[pullquote]The old-fashioned is at once “the manliest cocktail order” and “something your grandmother drank,” and between those poles we discover countless simple delights, evolutionary wonders, and captivating abominations… It is a platform for a bar to make a statement, a surface on which every bartender leaves a thumbprint, and a solution that many a picky drinker dips his litmus paper in… [Your] interpretation of the recipe says something serious about your philosophy of fun. [/pullquote]

With molĂ©, cardamom, and cinnamon pumpkin variations, Food Republic‘s list of 35 ways to shake up the Old Fashioned offers, at very least, a whole slew of ways to broadcast your philosophy of fun.

[via Food Republic]