Spiced & Toasted Walnut Bourbon Old Fashioned


December 1, 2023

As the holiday season unfolds, I wanted to share a little piece of cheer with you – a delightful Spiced & Toasted Walnut Bourbon Old Fashioned recipe. It’s my way of saying thank you for your continued support and partnership. Have yourself a merry little cocktail and may your holidays be filled with joy, warmth, and countless moments of celebration.

‘Tis the season for festive cheer, and what better way to celebrate than with a Spiced Toasted Walnut Bourbon Old Fashioned? Nestled in a cozy corner, surrounded by twinkling lights and the scent of pine in the air. As you take a sip of this exquisite cocktail, the rich warmth of toasted walnuts and the aromatic embrace of rosemary and cardamom will transport you to a winter wonderland of flavor. It’s the perfect companion for quiet moments of reflection or lively gatherings with loved ones.

Spiced & Toasted Walnut Bourbon Old Fashioned

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1-2 dashes orange bitters or walnut bitters
  • 1-2 ounces Toasted Walnut Spiced Syrup (recipe below)

Spiced Toasted Walnut Bourbon Old Fashioned

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1-2 ounces of the Toasted Walnut Spiced Syrup, depending on your desired sweetness, bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, and orange or walnut bitters,
  3. Shake well to combine and chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and a slice of orange or a toasted walnut.

Toasted Walnut Spiced Syrup

  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 1 inch fresh ginger sliced
  • Zest f 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toasted Walnut Spiced Syrup

  1. In a saucepan, toast the walnuts for 1-2 minutes, add the brown sugar, strong coffee, rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, sliced fresh ginger, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the flavors meld together, and the syrup thickens slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Once cooled, strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a bottle for storage. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Enjoy this delicious toasted walnut cocktail – I can’t wait to sip it by the fireplace and Christmas tree!


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