Sensible to its namesake, the old fashioned is one of the oldest mixed drinks in the cocktail canon. A dated and doted-on stirred drink—iconically built right in the glass—saw a fruited version come into vogue after the Prohibition era (involving a cherry and orange slice, along with the muddling of a sugarcube or added simple syrup). That version remains widespread today,  but we’re in the mood to champion some more elemental, progressive renditions that still allow the spirit-forward flavors of a smooth bourbon or rye shine, but also provide a bit of a twist (orange twist, if you will) on this classic libation.

Coffee Old Fashioned: Buffalo Trace bourbon, kahlua, shot of espresso and orange bitters, $12, Brine Seafood & Raw Bar, 2250 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, 941-952-3039,, @brinesarasotaoysterbar

Kojo Old Fashioned:  A toasted brown rice-infused bourbon, demerara syrup, lemon bitters and house citrus oil, $13, KOJO, 1289 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-536-9717,, @eatkojo

Spiced Pear Old Fashioned: St. George Spiced Pear liqueur, Redemption Bourbon, muddled orange and cherry with a dash of bitters, $14, Selva Grill, 1345 Main St., Sarasota, 941-362-4427,, @selvagrill

Sexton: House-crafted barreled Irish whiskey, Carpano Botanic bitters and orange, $13, Veronica Fish & Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Osprey Ave. Sarasota, 941-366-1342,, @veronicafishandoyster

Cask Old Fashioned: 1792 Bourbon, toasted demerara syrup, Broker’s bitters, cask-aged, $12, Cask & Ale, 1548 Main St., Sarasota, 941-702-8740,, @cask_ale_srq

Made Old Fashioned: Smooth Ambler Contradiction bourbon, pistachio cane syrup, Barrel Spice bitters, orange peel and seasonal smoke garnish, $15, MADE, 1990 Main St #112, Sarasota, 941-953-2900,, @made_srq

Sir Sazerac: Earl grey infused bourbon, absinthe rinse, demerara syrup, orange bitters and a maple syrup-flavored ice cube, $13, Pangea Alchemy Lab, 1564 Main St., Sarasota, 941-870-5555,

Circo Old Fashioned: Old Forester bourbon, toasted pecan, cinnamon and vanilla, bitters, $9, Circo SRQ, 1435 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-253-0978,, @circosrq

Old Spaniard: Ezra Brooks 99 Bourbon with smoked cinnamon and saffron bitters, $14, Sage, 1216 First St., Sarasota, 941-445-5660,, @sagesrq

Blase Old Fashioned: Bulliet bourbon, Bitter Truth orange bitters, brown sugar syrup, black cherries and orange, $13, Blase Café & Martini Bar, 5263 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 941-349-9822,, @theblasecafesiestakey