In Your Glass: The New Fashioned

Rachel Pinkham, the owner and event planner behind Pink Door Events, debuted a new member of her rental family last summer: Malone, the mobile cocktail bar.

This über-cool cocktail caravan is a restored and remodeled 1960s Layton camper. The new look is on trend with a bright, ultra-white exterior; natural wood features; and an interior stocked with everything a party needs to serve some seriously fresh craft cocktails. 

Rachel Pinkham of Fresh Coast Cocktails. Photo by Len Villano.

Speaking of fresh, the cocktail side of her business is called Fresh Coast Cocktails. It allows party hosts to provide an impressive and delicious drink service without having to do all the prep, guesswork and drink mixing themselves. The expert team of ’tenders keeps drinks flowing smoothly at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions and even kid-focused events with creative mocktails, lemonades and kombucha.

A popular original cocktail for the sunny season is one that fits with the old-is-new-again nature of the mobile bar: the New Fashioned. Just about any Midwesterner who likes a cocktail loves a classic Old Fashioned, and now there is a summery edition. 

“We wanted to add a refreshing twist to one of Wisconsin’s favorite local cocktails,” Pinkham said. But one thing remains the same: It’s best paired with a summer Wisconsin fish fry.

New Fashioned

1 1/2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon1

1/2 oz blood-orange juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

1 oz club soda

4 dashes cherry-bark vanilla bitters

Bing cherry (optional garnish)

Blood-orange round (optional garnish)

In a shaker, combine bourbon, juice and simple syrup. Shake to combine. Fill a highball glass with ice; pour contents over. Top with soda and bitters; stir to combine. Garnish with bing cherry and blood-orange round if desired.