On the south end of downtown Fort Worth, in the middle of what was the notorious red-light district Hell’s Half Acre in the 1800s, sits Acre Distilling Co.
With a 25-foot bar, street-side patio and plenty of room for private events, the place is popular for guy groups, bachelor parties and men looking for a no-frills watering hole to sit and sip a while.
While Acre’s straight bourbon whiskey, named for Fort Worth’s bad-tempered ex-marshal “Longhair” Jim Courtright, holds its own on ice, it’s the wood-aged dry gin that won silver at last year’s Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.
Try it in this version of an Old Fashioned, a classic cocktail even Courtright would enjoy.
Meander Wooded Gin Old Fashioned
- 2 ounces Acre Distilling Co. Meander Wood Aged London Dry Gin
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Orange peel, for garnish
- 1 Amarena Toschi cherry, for garnish
Combine gin, syrup and bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with rolled orange peel and cherry.
— 1309 Calhoun St., Fort Worth, 817-632-7722, www.acredistilling.com