Okay, now… there may be a few people who claim this isn’t an Old Fashioned. It might have changed just a little too much to be considered related to the yummy traditional cocktail. But, I formulated this recipe with the idea of an Old Fashioned in mind.
A traditional Old Fashioned has the following recipe— of course, you’ll find several versions online:
1 sugar cube
2-3 dashes bitters
2 oz whiskey or brandy
The idea for me was to make a delicious whiskey drink with the hints of orange that are in an Old Fashioned, but also have some honey and ginger notes.
Honey Orange Ginger Old Fashioned Recipe:
1 1/4 OZ bourbon whiskey
1 OZ Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey
1 OZ Orange Ginger Simple Syrup
1 OZ Soda Water
1 dash nutmeg
1 candied orange peel for garnish
1 shaker & ice
Pour all ingredients (except for the soda water & orange peel) into a shaker and shake well
Pour all ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass
Place candied orange peel into the glass
Top with soda water and enjoy!
Click on to read how to make the simple syrup and candied orange peels!
Step One: The first step in creating this drink was creating a sugar ingredient to replace the sugar and bitters from the original Old Fashioned. I wanted the sugar to have some of the flavors of orange that bitters would impart, but I also wanted the spice of ginger. I created an orange ginger simple syrup that was absolutely AMAZING. It worked out great in the drink, but was also super tasty with soda water as a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.
Orange Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe:
orange peels (in strips) from 2 oranges
juice of two oranges
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
peeled and chopped up ginger root (1 root)
put all ingredients into a deep sauce pan on a stove top on medium heat
bring ingredients to a boil while stirring often to keep sugars from burning
once at a boil, turn the heat to low and let simmer for 30 minutes, occasionally stirring
strain ingredients in a fine sieve or over cheese cloth, pouring the syrup into a jar or bottle
Put the orange peels onto a cookie sheet
A cocktail always needs a garnish! I made the garnish from the orange peels that I used in creating the Orange Ginger syrup. I put the orange peels (that had cooked in sugar water) onto a cookie sheet and baked them at 250°F for 3 hours (or until they are dehydrated).