Elijah Craig Bourbon is pleased to announce its second annual Old Fashioned Week, a ten-day celebration designed to raise a glass to the time-honored cocktail while raising money for the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF), an organization dedicated to uplifting the hospitality industry. Presented from October 15-24, 2021 via an in-person and digital format, discerning imbibers are invited to toast their favorite Elijah Craig Old Fashioned while enjoying signature programming that highlights the quality and expert craftsmanship of the award-winning bourbon.
First launched in 2020 as a means to provide relief to its beloved hospitality industry, Elijah Craig created Old Fashioned Week and partnered with RWCF to raise $100,000 for the advocacy and action nonprofit that gives back to restaurant workers. This year, understanding that the industry is still deeply in need of support, Elijah Craig pledges to donate up to an additional $100,000 for the cause.
“The past year and a half has had an immeasurable impact on the hospitality industry, and we are honored to support the efforts of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation — an organization that shares Elijah Craig’s values of community and uplifting the hospitality industry,” said Max Stefka, Elijah Craig Senior Brand Manager.
Celebrating Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week
This October 15-24, 2021, participants are invited to join in the celebration and toast to Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week. As a commitment to partnering with the RWCF, Elijah Craig pledges to:
Donate $5 for each photo of an Elijah Craig Old Fashioned that’s uploaded to Instagram using the hashtag #oldfashionedweek and tagging @elijahcraig. Those who post will be automatically entered into the Old Fashioned Week Sweepstakes which will select 500 winners at-random to receive an Elijah Craig Home Bar Kit (featuring Elijah Craig merchandise for creating the perfect at-home cocktail).
Donate $1 for every online sweepstakes registration for the Elijah Craig Home Bar Kit. The Old Fashioned Week Sweepstakes photo contest and online registration begins September 1, 2021 via social media and www.oldfashionedweek.com.
Additionally, during Old Fashioned Week, Elijah Craig is rolling out a variety of in-person events across the United States to bring participants together — safely — to rekindle the magic of a good time shared over an Old Fashioned. Participating bars and restaurants will
feature a riff (or two, or three…) of a unique Elijah Craig Old Fashioned for guests to enjoy and partake in the festivities. Bars and restaurants that wish to join in the fun may register at OldFashionedWeek.com to be featured on the interactive heat map launching in August.
More details on in-person activations, including Old Fashioned Week Bar Crawls and where to find official Elijah Craig Old Fashioneds, can be found via the Old Fashioned Week website “Find a Bar” search platform which will be live beginning August 15, 2021.
Elijah Craig and The Old Fashioned
A match made in heaven, Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon strikes the perfect note of rich flavor and full body that expertly balances the spirit-forward Old Fashioned. Its signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavor complement the sweetness and spiciness of the cocktail’s accompanying ingredients.
“The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail — maybe the classic cocktail — for a reason,” said Heaven Hill National Spirits Specialist and Portfolio Mixologist Lynn House. “We are thrilled to toast to the cocktail’s legacy with Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week and serve the Old Fashioned in its purest form paired with the purest of small-batch Kentucky bourbons.”
Credited as being the first distiller to age his wares in charred oak barrels, the Reverend Elijah Craig is considered the Father of Bourbon and in c.1789 transformed the clear, unaged corn liquor into the bold amber liquid with a distinctively smooth flavor that is known and loved today. Produced by Heaven Hill Distillery, the nation’s largest independent, family-owned distillery and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon, the Elijah Craig lineup features a variety of award-winning products to appeal to all juice connoisseurs, including Elijah Craig Small Batch, Elijah Craig Straight Rye Whiskey, Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Elijah Craig 18-Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
To enjoy an Old Fashioned in its purest form, begin with:
2 oz. Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Dashes of Bitters
1 Brandied Cherry (optional)
In a mixing glass, add bitters, simple syrup, Elijah Craig Small Batch, and ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain the cocktail over a large ice cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange peel and an optional brandied cherry. Enjoy or share with
a friend using #OldFashionedWeek!