Alcoholic · Drinks · Holiday

Gingerbread Old Fashioned


  • 1 orange slice see notes
  • 1 candied cherry, maraschino or luxardo
  • 1 ounce gingerbread syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey


  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the syrup: In a medium size saucepan, combine the ingredients. Heat over medium heat, stirring until combined.
  2. Bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes – stirring occasionally. Let cool 5 minutes before using.
  3. Make the cocktail: In a short tumbler glass, muddle the orange slice and cherry until lightly smashed. Pour in the gingerbread syrup and bourbon. Fill the glass ¾ of the way with crushed or cubed ice. Stir with a cocktail spoon until all the syrup and bourbon have combined, about 10 to 15 seconds.
  4. Optional: Using a vegetable peeler, peel a piece of orange zest. Heat the outside of the zest with a lighter for 1 to 2 seconds then rub on the lip of the glass. Garnish with a fresh candied cherry.

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