Apple-Vanilla Infused Bourbon Old Fashioned

A nice twist on a classic!

Long before the show Mad Men made them popular again, cocktail aficionados knew that the Old Fashioned is a great way to enjoy whiskey and bourbon. But they can often be either a bit too spirits forward or too sugary sweet. This is our take on a ‘comfort food Old Fashioned’. A softer version that is not too sweet with the bourbon flavor still coming through.


  • Cut a thick slice of orange, remove any center pith, cut the slice in half, and place both halves in a double rocks glass
  • Muddle the orange slices to release most the juice
  • Add 2-3 dashes of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
  • Add 1/4 oz of Rich Turbinado Syrup*
  • Add a splash (1 oz) of Diet 7-Up
  • Pick up the glass and swirl it by hand to combine the 7-Up, juice, syrup, and bitters
  • Tilt the glass to the point it is almost spilling and then rotate it, coating the glass with the mixture
  • Set the glass back down and add ice (one large cube is best)
  • Pour 1 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon slowly over the ice
  • Pour 1 oz Apple-Vanilla Infused Bourbon** slowly over the ice
  • Give a few gentle stirs
  • Garnish with a Luxardo Cherry on a pick
  • Add a very small drizzle of cherry juice onto the ice

*Rich Turbinado Syrup

  • Put 1-1/2 cups of turbinado sugar in a pan
  • Add 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved
  • Allow to cool and refrigerate with 1/2 oz of vodka

**Apple-Vanilla Infused Bourbon

  • In a 1 quart pitcher (2 quarts for a double batch) place one fresh vanilla bean (grade B is fine), split lengthwise with a knife
  • Take 3 Granny Smith Apples, wash them, and cut each into 6-8 wedges (removing the core and stem)
  • Add the wedges (with skin) to the pitcher
  • Add 2 cups of Makers Mark Bourbon
  • Cover the pitcher and refrigerate it for 3 days
  • Strain the infused bourbon with a paper coffee filter, bottle it, and store in a cool dark place (should keep for 1-2 months)

Note, for a double batch, use two times the bourbon and apples but only use 1-1/2 vanilla beans.

Be sure to taste a little of the bourbon on its own. It is pretty tasty sipped slowly on a little ice!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *