Whiskey old fashioned is normally enough to make some people turn away pretty quickly, but this might just be the drink to change your mind. It is no doubt that cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice are synonymous with winter as much as a neat glass of whiskey by a warm fire is. That is exactly what this cocktail is here to embrace. The honey based simple syrup in this drink provides enough sweetness to any bourbon to allow it be smooth and enjoyable, even to the most basic of whiskey drinkers. The magic is what happens when the notes of cinnamon and rosemary come in to play. Paired with the lovely spiced aroma of something like Gold and Ivy’s Cinnamon clove candle, this duo provides the absolute best of both worlds. An enjoyable cinnamon and spice flavor up front with the bold body and flavor of a delicious bourbon. Perfect for a chilly winter’s night in the country side.


Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

For the Cocktail

  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon rosemary simple syrup
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 orange peel
  • rosemary sprig for garnish optional


  1. Start by making the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine honey, water, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until honey has dissolved into the water. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove rosemary and cinnamon sticks and transfer to an airtight container. (Note: It is important to use cinnamon sticks in this recipe, not ground cinnamon)
  2. When ready to make cocktail, add 4 teaspoons of the cinnamon rosemary simple syrup and 3 dashes of bitters to an Old Fashioned glass. Swirl syrup and bitters around in glass. Add bourbon, ice, orange peel, and stir. Store extra simple syrup in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

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