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Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned

An Apricot Old Fashioned


An Old Fashioned cocktail is no stranger to this Queen Bee. I’ve mixed up so many variations of this classic sipper, a Smoked Old Fashioned, Chocolate Old Fashioned, and even a Tropical Rum Old Fashioned. As you can tell, this is one of my favorite recipes to have fun with!

Today, I’ll be taking you through a recipe that’s no different. The Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned is my latest variation on this timeless classic. This recipe retains the soul of the original while embracing a sunnier disposition, which I for one love.

Not diverging too far from the classic recipe, the foundation that sets this Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned into motion is bourbon. But, in classic Queen Bee fashion, I’m kicking this bourbon experience up a notch by using apricot-infused bourbon. Bourbon, known for its rich and slightly sweet profile, forms the perfect canvas for the apricot’s subtle (yet distinct) fruity notes. This fusion makes for a perfectly balanced spirit!

To complement the bourbon, we bring in some honey simple syrup. Unlike traditional sugar-based syrups, honey adds a luxurious richness and a mild, floral sweetness that elevates the mixture. It intertwines gracefully with the bourbon, enhancing its natural sweetness while adding a layer of complexity that sugar alone can’t achieve.

Cherry bitters are the final touch, a nod to the Old Fashioned’s roots. The bitters provide a subtle complexity to counter the sweetness of the apricot and honey. The cherry notes in the bitters resonate with the apricot in the bourbon, creating a lovely fruit-forward profile that is both intriguing and comforting.

The Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned is adorned with a skewer featuring a Luxardo Cherry and a dried apricot, a visual and flavorful complement to the drink.

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Step 1: Add all ingredients into a beaker with ice and stir until chilled.

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Step 2: Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube.

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Step 3: Garnish with an apricot and maraschino cherry.

The Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned pays homage to the classic Old Fashioned while confidently asserting its unique personality. Each sip is a reminder of the endless possibilities that lie within the realm of mixology, a testament to the art of balancing and reinventing flavors. So, here’s to the Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned – a radiant twist on a beloved classic.

Sun-Kissed Old Fashioned




  1. Step 1 – Add all ingredients into a beaker with ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with an apricot and maraschino cherry.
Tags: Bourbon, Bold, Smoky, Sweet

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