The Old Fashioned is a classic for a reason. I love the fact that this iconic drink has gotten so many modern twists over the past several years. From flavored simple syrups and tinctures to different bitters varieties, there is an Old Fashioned out there for everyone. Thanks to Rabbit Hole Distillery, I'm sharing a recipe for a delicious Rosemary Cinnamon Old Fashioned.
Rosemary Cinnamon Old Fashioned Recipe
The first step in this recipe is creating a rosemary-infused simple syrup. Not only will it make this cocktail delectable, but it will also make your house smell heavenly.
To make the syrup, add equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan with 1-2 sprigs of rosemary, depending on how aromatic you'd like your simple syrup to be. I wanted to prepare a large batch of syrup to store in a glass bottle to make several drinks, so I used 4 cups of water and 4 cups of sugar with 3 sprigs of rosemary.
Bring the liquid to a bowl and let it boil for 5 minutes. If you're using an electric range, you may not need to stir the mixture. My gas range seems to get very hot so I need to stir the sugar to ensure it dissolves and doesn't burn on the bottom of the pan. After the 5 minutes have passed, turn off the burner to let the mixture cool. Remove the rosemary once the syrup has cooled.
Once cool, add half an ounce of the rosemary-infused simple syrup to a mixing glass(I like this mixing glass since it's got a weighted bottom and it's easier to work with) 5 drops of cinnamon bitters and ice. Next, add 2 ounces of Rabbit Hole Bourbon and stir for 30 seconds. Finally, strain the cocktail into a rocks glass with an ice sphere (I love this mold from Amazon!).
I used Rabbit Hole Heigold KY Straight Bourbon (which is a High Rye Double Malt) for this recipe. It's got a sweet aroma with bursts of citrus and butterscotch. The finish is a little spicier than their other variety, Cavehill, so I thought this would be perfect for this Rosemary Cinnamon Old Fashioned.
Add a sprig of rosemary and cinnamon stick for garnish. Cheers, and enjoy!