This simple cocktail is given just the slightest little twist that takes it from good to GREAT! I love old-fashioned cocktails but the brown sugar just makes it a little extra special and gives a warm holiday feel. Add this Bourbon Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned to your holiday cocktail rotation, you won't regret it!
What is an Old Fashioned?
In its most basic form, an old-fashioned is a combination of sugar, bitters, whiskey, and water in an old-fashioned or double glass with ice. Depending on your tastes or where you’re from, an old-fashioned can also contain orange, lemon, simple syrup, cherries, club soda, Squirt, or Sprite.
The liquor in an old-fashioned can also vary from a traditional American whiskey to rye, bourbon, or brandy. Some even swear by rum or mezcal! There are many interpretations that have shown up in recent times, this one that I tried and had to recreate at home! It's so yummy!
Making a Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned
Making this cocktail is simple, but the procedure is everything. Using a muddler, muddle the brown sugar, with some water and bitters. Stir it until the sugar begins to dissolve, I stir it around for about 60 seconds.
I then add the orange peel and cinnamon stick to the glass and stir, I am a fan of this method because I think the orange essence and cinnamon get a chance to open up a little before adding the ice.
Top the muddled brown sugar mixture with the bourbon and ice, stir to combine and your cocktail is ready to drink. To make this a double, simply double all the ingredients in the glass for a larger drink.
Over the years I have come to choose this cocktail over and over again. It has become my favorite over drink whiskey or bourbon neat, I love the lightest addition of flavor and the smoothness it brings to even a high proof liquor.
For more festive cocktails
If you need anything a little more family-friendly, my version of Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix is a crowd-pleaser. And to kick up your morning coffee try my Candy Cane Coffee Creamer recipe.
- 1 teaspoon Brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Water
- 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
- Orange peel, for garnish
- Cinnamon stick, for garnish
- Add sugar, water, and bitters to the bottom of the glass.
- Muddle until the sugar is dissolved.
- Twist in the orange peel and add the cinnamon stick, stir into the sugar mixture.
- Add bourbon and ice and stir to combine.
This can be made with regular sugar and whiskey, rye, or rum, use what you love!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
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