Fall Old Fashioned

A Seasonal Riff On A Classic Old Fashioned


Fall Old Fashioned

Made by Jena Ellenwood

I love fall and fall flavors! The warming spices in this festive Old Fashioned variation are perfect for a holiday get together or a cozy night by the fire with loved ones! 

We also love this cocktail as one of our many Thanksgiving day drinks It’s perfect for the early round of appetizers to get the party started or as an after dinner drink to settle in for the evening. 

The key to this cocktail is the homemade spiced honey syrup, and the beauty is that you’ll have leftovers to use all season long!

If you love this cocktail, check out our full library of cocktail recipes or our YouTube Craft Cocktail Making playlist for some lessons on technique and home mixology as well.

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Let’s Get Stirrin’

Serves: 1

Special Tools: Bar Spoon, Rocks Glass, Peeler

Difficulty: Easy


2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
1/4 oz Spiced Honey Syrup (below)
2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 strip of orange zest
1-3 cloves

Spiced Honey Syrup

1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
1 strip of orange zest
1/2 cup of honey

  1. Make spiced honey syrup in advance by bringing first four syrup ingredients to a boil. Then, remove from heat and stir in the honey. Allow syrup to cool before straining and then store in fridge for up to 1 month.
  2. In a rocks glass, add bitters, spiced honey syrup, and Rye. We specifically use rye in this cocktail for the extra warming spice elements it adds, which complements the spiced honey syrup. 
  3. Add ice and stir.
  4. Garnish your Fall Old Fashioned with a clove studded orange twist for an extra touch of holiday flair, and enjoy!
Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail
But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well! So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Spiritous
  • Refreshing
  • Complex/Funky/Unique
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