For this cocktail recipe we’re going to be savoring the season of fall! As the leaves start to change and the air becomes crisp, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a cocktail that encapsulates the essence of fall. The Fall Spice Old Fashioned is a lovely twist on a classic recipe, offering a warm and cozy blend of flavors perfect for autumn evenings.
As I’ve mentioned before, Old Fashioned cocktails are a big hit in my household. My husband absolutely loves them. When making cocktails one night, I decided to create his favorite drink with a seasonal edge. And before I knew it, the Fall Spice Old Fashioned was born!
At first glance, you’ll notice the charming presentation of this drink. Served in a lowball glass, the rim is delicately coated with honey, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon and pumpkin pie seasoning. This not only adds a visual appeal but introduces a sweet and spiced aroma that teases your senses before the first sip. (Do this step first, it’s important!)
Building the cocktail directly in the glass stays true to the Old Fashioned tradition. Start by adding pumpkin simple syrup, which brings a rich, velvety sweetness with subtle hints of pumpkin spice. Orange bitters are then introduced, providing a citrusy and slightly bitter contrast that balances out the sweetness. A good stir blends these flavors together, creating a very pleasant base for the cocktail.
Next, a large ice cube is placed in the glass, ensuring that the drink stays cool while diluting slowly, preserving the integrity of the flavors. Whiskey is then poured over the top, bringing warmth and depth to the drink. Depending on the type of whiskey used, you can expect notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak, which meld beautifully with the pumpkin and spice.
The garnish of a cinnamon stick is more than just a decorative touch; it infuses the drink with a subtle spiciness and warmth, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
I’d say this is autumn in a glass!
Step 1: Dip glass in honey and rim with a brown sugar and pumpkin spice mix.
Step 2: Add pumpkin simple syrup and orange bitters to a rocks glass and stir.
Step 3: Add a large ice cube to glass then add whiskey.
Step 4: Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
The Fall Spice Old Fashioned is a heartfelt ode to autumn, encapsulating its flavors and warmth in a glass. Whether you’re a fan of the classic Old Fashioned or simply looking to try something new, this cocktail is sure to leave a lasting impression and become a fall favorite.
Cheers to savoring the season in style!