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The Holiday Old Fashioned in a lowball glass with garnishes
The Holiday Old Fashioned
Timothy Smith

A Recipe for a Classic Holiday Old Fashioned

This seasonal cocktail will whisk(ey) you away

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December 6, 2023 4:15 pm

Deciding which cocktail to batch for a party is of course entirely up to your libational predilections, but putting a holiday twist on a classic drink is never a bad look. This take on the Old Fashioned features gingerbread and maple syrup for some yuletide flavor, plus a bit of rosemary for olfactory effect.

A Spirited Spirit-Free Version: For a delicious spirit-free version, ditch the Triple Sec and replace the whiskey with a very strong oversteeped black tea — it’s a-okay if the tea is bitter, the sweet from the syrups will balance it out to create a nuanced (and festive) overall flavor.

Holiday Old Fashioned

Servings: Roughly 16 drinks

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    1. Combine the ingredients in a large vessel and mix thoroughly (a long bar spoon helps). To serve, pour over ice and add cherries and a sprig of rosemary to garnish.

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