Fiddler's Favorite Recipes Episode 18: Michael and Rachael Ludwig's 'New Fashioned'

May 6, 2020, 1:50 PM · For today’s Episode of Fiddler’s Favorites, we have the dynamic husband and wife duo of Michael and Rachael Ludwig bringing us their special twist to the "Old Fashioned" cocktail - now aptly named "New Fashioned."

Michael and Rachael Ludwig

A member of the Philly Pops first violin section, Rachael enjoys an active performing and teaching career. She has performed with ensembles such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Delaware Symphony. Rachael currently maintains an active teaching studio in South Jersey, and is General Manager and on the Board of Directors of the Roxborough Orchestra.

Michael enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician and conductor. Michael’s discography includes recordings of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Bruch Scottish Fantasy, and Dvorak Romance with the Virginia Symphony, as well as the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2, Corigliano Red Violin Concerto, and Sibelius Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Michael studied violin with his father, Irving Ludwig, who was a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

These two bring us a fun rendition of this beloved drink along with a very special cocktail "serenade " from Michael. Many thanks you two!



  • 2 oz Favorite Bourbon or Whiskey (I like Knob Creek or Maker’s Mark)
  • .75 oz Smoked Maple Syrup (I like Sugar Bob’s)
  • Few dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherries
  • Orange twist
  • Ice sphere or ice cubes


In a highball glass, pour in 1/2-3/4 oz Smoked Maple Syrup. Add a few dashes Angostura Bitters. Carefully place ice sphere into glass, or add ice cubes. Pour 2 oz of your favorite Bourbon over the ice. Add a skewer of two Luxardo cherries and orange twist, stir, and enjoy!

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May 7, 2020 at 01:26 AM · Maple syrup! Fantastic idea. I like Maker's Mark too, but I have to say that, for mixed drinks like these, unless you're going to go from bourbon to rye or scotch, it's hard to tell the difference between a premium bourbon and something less expensive like Jack Daniel's or Jim Beam. At least for me. Beam makes a maple-flavored whisky as well if you want an extra kick of maple flavor in this cocktail. On the other hand if you're skewering Luxardo cherries then you're probably not a penny-pincher. If you don't have bitters a thimble of triple-sec works in any orange-garnished, sweetened cocktail.

May 7, 2020 at 02:02 AM · Thanks for your comment, Paul! Very good tips for anyone trying to make this work at home during these times. And you are of course right. If you enjoy the taste of bourbon or whiskey neat there is no need to use a higher end bottle for a mixed cocktail. Unfortunately since self-isolating for safety due to the pandemic we haven’t been out to a liquor store in months, so we use what we have on hand! Cheers!

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