The Old Fashioned is a perfectly cozy cocktail come the cold winter months thanks to whiskey’s warm embrace, but it’s missing some of the wintery flair found in seasonal cocktails like Eggnog or Bourbon Apple Cider. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: Just add cinnamon syrup. By swapping out the traditional white sugar cube with cinnamon syrup (made simply by steeping cinnamon sticks in homemade simple syrup), the Old Fashioned transforms into a cozy, cold weather treat. We recommend using rye whiskey for its inherent spiciness, but feel free to use any whiskey of your choosing, from peaty scotch to smooth, caramel-tinged bourbon. The same goes for the bitters; winter varieties like fig or apple would be a welcome pairing, but cinnamony Angostura bitters will always do the trick.
Cinnamon Old Fashioned
- Add bitters, cinnamon syrup and whiskey to a rocks glass.
- Add one large ice cube and stir.
- Garnish with an orange twist and a cinnamon stick, if desired.
- Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cinnamon sticks and remove from heat. Steep cinnamon sticks until cool, then strain.
Leave it to cocktail book writer and master mixologist Charles H. Baker to take the jingoistic catchphrase of a flashpoint in the Spanish-American War and turn it into a stunning cocktail. Baker wasn’t around to witness the sinking of The Maine off the coast of Cuba or the ensuing battle cry "Remember the Maine (and to hell with Spain)...