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Winter old fashioned cocktail on a square coaster garnished with cranberries, rosemary and orange peel.

The Best Winter Old Fashioned

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  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This winter old fashioned is the perfect fireside cocktail. It emulates cozy winter vibes (the garnishes and aromatics are key).


  • 2 oz whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/2 oz brown sugar spiced simple syrup
  • 3 dashes of angostura bitters
  • regular ice
  • 1 large ice cube 

Aromatics and Garnishes

  • Rosemary sprig
  • Cranberries
  • Orange peel


  1. Add a handful of regular ice cubes, whiskey, brown sugar spiced simple syrup and angostura bitters to a jar. Stir with a spoon 15-20 seconds.
  2. Strain the cocktail into an old fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Add 3 cranberries, an orange peel and a fresh sprig of rosemary.
  3. Optional: Light the upper middle part of the rosemary on fire.
  4. Quickly blow out the fire and let the rosemary smoke. Enjoy!


  • Smoking the rosemary on the upper middle part of the sprig is intentional. It is positioned so when you take a sip of your drink you will smell the smokiness at the same time. 
  • Make sure to use fresh rosemary if smoking it. If the leaves are too dry they will break apart into the drink.
  • Tip: make the spiced simple syrup ahead of time. You want the simple syrup to be cold or room temperature when adding it to the cocktail.