5 New Twists on the Old Fashioned

More like New Fashioned, amirite?

You might prefer your drinks made the old fashioned way... but BarChick digs a bit of modernisation when the occasion calls, and these epic recipes are giving the Daddy of cocktails a new lease of life...

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

Wanna spice up your Old Fashioned? This recipe from Half Baked Harvest is bringing the goods with a punch of spices that'll give you some seriously seasonal vibes.


You will need:

  • 60ml bourbon (we love Michters)
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 2-4 tablespoons of chai tea syrup
  • cinnamon and star anise, for serving (optional)

To make the chai simple syrup:

  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method: In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the maple syrup. Bring it all to a boil over high heat and leave boiling for 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let that baby cool and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Then in your trusty cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, orange bitters, and 2 tablespoons of the chai syrup. Shake to combine. Strain into rocks glass with a load of ice. Garnish with cinnamon and star anise. 

Nakamerugo Cognac Old Fashioned

Patience is a virtue with this one, but oh man, the wait will be worth it. A little bit fruity, a lil bit spicy; this is one full-bodied beauty.

You will need:

  • 50ml Rémy Martin XO
  • 1 lump brown sugar
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • 1 fresh fig
  • Slice fresh ginger

Method: Infuse pieces of fig and ginger in 50ml of Rémy Martin XO for 12 hours. Muddle a brown sugar cube in a beautiful Old Fashioned glass and add dashes of Angostura bitter. Strain the Remy Martin and gently stir over ice. Serve in your most luxurious glassware (cos why the f*ck not?!) and decorate with slices of ginger and a wedge of fig.

If you wanna experiment with more Cognac Old Fashioneds, this kit will get those creative juices (and plenty of Remy Martin) flowing!

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Autumn is the season for putting pumpkin in everything, and we won't be stopping when it comes to our Old Fashioneds. This seasonal spin by Michael Wurm Jnr. is the best way to put those Halloween pumpkins to kick-ass use.

You will need:

  • 75ml Four Roses Single Barrel
  • 20ml pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin purée
  • 1-2 dashes walnut bitters
  • Orange peel, cinnamon stick, and a cherry for garnish

Method: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the bourbon, maple syrup, pumpkin purée, and bitters. Shake it like ya life depends on it. Add ice to a rocks glass, then strain in the cocktail mixture. Squeeze the orange peel over the top of the cocktail to release the oils; then rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass. Garnish with orange peel, cinnamon stick, and a bourbon cherry

Twisted Rum Old Fashioned

For all intents and purpose, this IS a classic Old Fashioned, even though this cocktail is more known for its inclusion of whiskey... but we've made a swap for delicious Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend Rum - it really takes the Old Fashioned to another level.

You will need:

Method: Add all ingredients to your mixing glass. Add ice and stir, stir, stir. Then strain over big cube into a rocks glass and garnish with expressed lemon peel.

PB&J old Fashioned

Wills & Kate. Posh & Becks. Barack & Michelle. All iconic duos, but none more iconic than Peanut Butter & Jelly. We've adapted this recipe from the crew at We Travelled Where for an indulgent taste of 'Murica - perfect if you've got a sweet tooth.

You will need:

Method: Chill your glass in the fridge for at least an hour. Now combine your Skrewball & Blackberry syrup with 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Stir in a glass with a large ice cube. Top with a juicy, plump blackberry and a Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Allow it all to chill and enjoy!