Vanilla Rhubarb Old Fashioned





Special Equipment:


Good For:

The whiskey lover


Old Fashioned

Here’s a quick dive into a history lesson. The Old Fashioned first started making appearances in the late 1800’s, as a “Whiskey Cocktail”, as it was called then. With such a simple recipe, it became more of a style of drink, and the Old Fashioned name came from the many drinkers who didn’t like to change their ways, and ordered their Whiskey Cocktail the “old fashioned way”. Back then, they used a sugar cube saturated in bitters. Today, we prefer to use simple syrup, because that’s something we actually keep on hand…(do people still use sugar cubes in their normal day-to-day routine?) This Old Fashioned recipe has some fun flavors, with rhubarb vanilla bean simple syrup and cherry vanilla bitters, it’s a refreshing take that some of those original Whiskey Cocktail drinkers might not have preferred, but we think is great for you modern day home bartenders!

Let’s Get Shakin’


1 tsp Simple Goodness Sisters Rhubarb Vanilla Syrup

2 oz Catoctin Creek Rye Whiskey

3-4 dashes of cherry vanilla bitters



Add all ingredients into a rocks glass, add a large ice cube and give it a stir. Garnish with orange peel.

Hint – If you are using bourbon instead of rye whiskey, you may want to cut back on simple syrup.


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…but am I going to like it?!

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 30% 30%
  • Sour 20% 20%
  • Spiritous 65% 65%
  • Refreshing 20% 20%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 80% 80%

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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