The Old Saint Nick Cocktail

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You may well already know how to make an old fashioned. It’s a classic cocktail that’s been around for well over a century – one consequence of that is that the way to make a ‘perfect’ old fashioned is much debated, even though it’s not a particularly complicated drink to make.

As there’s no single right way to get it right, we’ve put together a twist on the traditional old fashioned made specially for the Christmas festive period, and fittingly named it an Old Saint Nick. It’s similar to a typical old fashioned, but with a boost of festive flavour by swapping the cherry garnish for cranberry, white sugar for brown, and Angostura bitters for orange bitters. Check out the recipe below:

You’ll Need:

  • bourbon
  • 2 fresh cranberries
  • an orange
  • ice cubes
  • orange bitters


1. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar and a small dash of water to a short glass and stir the ice cubes rapidly to cool the ice and help the sugar to dissolve

2. Splash a little orange bitters over the ice cubes once most of the sugar has dissolved, then add a couple of fresh cranberries, a twist of orange peel and a few large ice cubes

3. Pour over the bourbon and stir to combine, before serving

Have a different way of making an old fashioned that you want to tell us about? Let us know in the comments!

Take a look at some of our other cocktail recipes like How To Make Eggnog, Spiced Kir Royale, or our Pumpkin Punch posts.


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