Fall-Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail

Here's an Old Fashioned cocktail that's ready for fall! Maple syrup plus infused bourbon brings warming fall spices—cloves, star anise, and cinnamon—to this spin on the classic cocktail.

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Infusion time: 24 hours
  • Yield: Infused bourbon for 8 drinks


For the infused bourbon:

  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

For the Fall-Spiced Old Fashioned (makes one cocktail):

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 2 ounces infused-bourbon
  • Ice
  • Orange peel


1 Infuse the bourbon: Place bourbon and spices in a glass jar with a lid. Allow to infuse for 24 hours, shaking occasionally. Strain the bourbon into a clean jar. (This makes enough for 8 cocktails)

Holiday Spiced Old Fashioned Drink infuse the bourbon

2 Make the cocktail: Add the maple syrup, water, and bitters to the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Add the ice and the bourbon, and stir for about 30 seconds.

3 Garnish with orange peel: Rub a piece of orange peel around the rim of the glass and drop it in.

Old Fashioned Cocktail with Maple make the cocktail

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  • Thomas

    This is a great cocktail but WAY TOO much Bitters. Start w/one dash of Bitters and go from there. I also tried it w/smoked Maple syrup and it added some depth. By the way I use only dash of Bitters.