Fall Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktail

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This warm and smoky Fall Spiced Old Fashioned is the cocktail you’ll be sipping all season long. Prepping the simple syrup ahead of time makes it perfect for easy entertaining. 

You’ll love Bailey’s White RussianJamaican Rum Punch, Sorrel Drink, and  Peach Bourbon Smash.

Suitable for vegan, low carb, and gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

the completed fall spiced old fashionedcocktail

Everyone needs a signature cocktail, and this Fall Spiced Old Fashioned should totally be yours. 

You might think that an Old Fashioned is an old man’s drink, but you’d be wrong. This classic cocktail has been around since the late 1800s gaining its fame at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, and it continues to be a favorite all around the world.

Originally made with sugar, whisky, bitters, and lemon, we’ve kicked up the flavor and made this Old Fashioned new again. You won’t hesitate to serve this at your next dinner party or as you relax by the fireplace this fall. #cozycocktails along with this Peach Bourbon Smash or Bailey’s White Russian.

close up view of an old fashioned cocktail flavored with fall spices and garnished with orange peel, cinnamon stick and thyme sprig

Why You’ll ♡This

  • Easy to Make – the simple syrup is easy to make and stores well so you can always have a cocktail at the ready. 
  • Full of Flavor – This Cinnamon Spiced Old Fashioned is loaded with aromatic spices that will leave you feeling warm and toasty all over. 
  • Crowd Pleaser – On its own, bourbon can be powerful but mixed it’s delicious and inviting and everyone will love it. See our FAQs for some ideas to please the kids, too.  

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Ready to make this smoky, cinnamon old fashioned cocktail? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Make An Old Fashioned Cocktail With Fall Spices

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Combine the simple syrup ingredients, bring to a boil and let them steep on the stove for 30 minutes. 
  2. Strain the syrup and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. Combine the cinnamon spice simple syrup with water, bitters and bourbon in an ice-filled glass.
  4. Top with orange peel and a cinnamon stick for serving. 
image collage showing the steps for making fall spiced old fashioned

Expert Tips

  • Strain your simple syrup through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth before refrigerating. 
  • But don’t toss those spices! Add the leftover spices and some sliced citrus to a small pot filled with water and simmer on your stove for a wonderful and frugal simmering potpourri. 
  • Combine all of your cocktail ingredients in a glass and give them a stir. Then add the ice last

Delicious Variations

This Cinnamon Old Fashioned Cocktail is on point as is, but here are a few suggestions for mixing things up a bit;

  • Use Whiskey – A nice rye whiskey is a perfect replacement for the bourbon in this recipe.
  • Add Cider – Replace the water in the cocktail with apple cider for an extra boost of fall flavors. 
  • Try Rosemary – replace the sprigs of thyme with a few sprigs of rosemary when making the simple syrup for a Winter Spiced Old Fashioned. Garnish with fresh cranberries and sprigs of rosemary.

Make Ahead And Storage

  • Make Ahead – The simple syrup will keep for up to 7 days, so make it ahead and it will be ready for cocktails when you are.
  • Store – This recipe makes more simple syrup than you’ll need, so you can store it in the fridge for up to 7 days. 
top down vier of a finished old fashioned cocktail with fall spices

FAQs

Can I Make This Kid Friendly or Without Alcohol?

If you’ve got kids or you prefer not to drink alcohol, everyone can still enjoy this essence of this fall cocktail. Combine a bit of simple syrup with sparkling water and top it with a piece of orange rind, a maraschino cherry, and a splash of the cherry juice from the jar. Serve it in a glass with a fun straw. 

What’s the Difference Between Whiskey and Bourbon

Bourbon tends to be slightly sweeter and a little smokier than whiskey, and although the process for distilling both whiskey and bourbon is similar there are some key differences.

Bourbon has to be derived from at least 51% corn. It also must be produced and stored in new charred-oak barrels within the United States for a minimum of 4 years. Whiskey can be made anywhere in the world and while it must also be stored in oak barrels, they do not need to be new or charred barrels.

Shaken or Stirred?

Ah, the age-old question popularized by James Bond. An Old Fashioned is a stirred cocktail, as is most any cocktail that contains only spirits. Juice cocktails are usually shaken. We do recommend that you combine all the ingredients in your glass before adding the ice for optimal flavor. 

the completed fall spiced old fashionedcocktail

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Weight Watchers Points 

There are 3 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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the completed fall spiced old fashionedcocktail
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5 from 6 votes

Fall Spiced Old Fashioned

This fall version of the classic cocktail is perfect for holiday entertaining.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 2
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the Simple Syrup;

  • 1 cup (237ml) water
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 6 cardamom pods

For the cocktails;

  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) water
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 2 ounces (59ml) bourbon

To garnish;

  • orange peel
  • cinnamon sticks
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • Combine the simple syrup ingredients, bring to a boil and let them steep on the stove for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the syrup and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Combine the cinnamon-spiced simple syrup with water, bitters, and bourbon in an ice-filled glass.
  • Top glass with orange peel and a cinnamon stick.
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Notes

  • Strain your simple syrup through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth before refrigerating. 
  • But don’t toss those spices! Add the leftover spices and some sliced citrus to a small pot filled with water and simmer on your stove for a wonderful and frugal simmering potpourri. 
  • Combine all of your cocktail ingredients in a glass and give them a stir. Then add the ice last. 
There are 3 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 5g | Iron: 1mg

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh my, this is a perfect fall cocktail. And the cinnamon spice simple syrup sounds amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    Be still my cocktail loving heart! I am an Old Fashioned kinda girl :)….and this sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and has all the flavors of fall! I’m definitely going to give this a try!