Cold Brew Old Fashioned

Andrew Pautler

I have never been a big cocktail drinker, but recently I have really come to enjoy a well-made Old Fashioned. Of course it didn’t take long before I thought about how I could make the awesome cocktail even better—coffee. While I still enjoy the standard Old Fashioned, this variation has become my new favorite.

The ingredients to make a Cold Brew Old Fashioned

Choosing Your Coffee

I experimented with a variety of different ways of adding the coffee to the drink—espresso, pour over and cold brew. Both pour over and cold brew worked, but I settled on cold brew for a few reasons:

  • It more reliably creates a balanced coffee that won’t overpower the rest of the flavors in the drink.
  • It is easy to make ahead of time and have on hand (to avoid having the brew coffee at the same time as making the drink)
  • It allows you to make a concentrate that gives the same amount of “coffee flavor” with less liquid (therefore requiring you to dilute the drink less)

Choosing Your Sugar

A traditional Old Fashioned is made with a muddled, white sugar cube. While this works, I prefer brown sugar or coconut sugar, which have a bit more depth of flavor and seemed to pair with the coffee and bourbon a bit better.

The recipe below uses straight brown sugar, but you can also create a simple syrup with white or brown sugar using 1 part water to 1 part sugar. The benefit of the simple syrup is the sugar is pre-dissolved, so you don’t need to worry about that when making the drink. I personally go with the straight brown sugar and just give the bourbon a quick stir after adding it to the drink to help it dissolve.

Cold Brew Old Fashioned

The classic bourbon cocktail with a caffeinated twist
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar or simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz cold brew concentrate
  • orange peel


  • Muddle brown sugar/simple syrup and bitters in a glass
  • Add bourbon and coffee, stir if necessary
  • Add one large ice cube or 3-4 smaller ones
  • Garnish with an orange peel
Keyword alcoholic, bourbon, coffee, orange

Let me know what you think and if you try out any twists yourself, be sure to share!


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