Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned

Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned


Makes 1 drink

For brown sugar syrup

1 ½ cups brown sugar

1 ½ cups water


For the cocktail

3 fresh ice cubes

2 tablespoons brown sugar syrup

3 ounces bourbon

Aromatic bitters

Orange twist



To make brown sugar syrup

Boil water, then pour over brown sugar in a large beaker or pitcher. Stir vigorously until brown sugar is completely dissolved.


To make one cocktail

Place ice cubes to an old-fashioned glass, then add brown sugar syrup, bourbon, and 3 dashes aromatic bitters.  Stir briefly until combined.


Gently squeeze the orange twist over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass and enjoy immediately. (Skip the cherry—we’re adults.)

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Cin Cin

Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned

It’s a classic, but nobody seems to agree on an exact recipe for the Old-Fashioned.  My version adds brown sugar simple syrup for complexity, and I skip the cherry…we’re adults.

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