Recipe: Honey Orange Ginger Old Fashioned

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
club soda
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:
  • Ingredients—


  • 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). 
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