For all the dark liquor fans out there, this Blueberry Old Fashioned is a fun twist that mingles delicious blueberry flavor in a classic cocktail.
An Old Fashioned is made with whiskey, bitters, simple syrup, and an orange twist. It’s a clear and simple drink, but really delivers on flavor. It’s especially good with bourbon or rye.
We’ve added blueberries to this classic to show how versatile it can be with a flavored simple syrup. There is great blueberry flavor, but it’s not overpowering to the bourbon, which remains the star of the show.
The great thing about adding blueberry simple syrup is the beautiful color it adds to this cocktail. It’s really stunning and makes an impressive addition to your after-dinner drinks presentation.
How to Make a Blueberry Old Fashioned
An Old Fashioned always starts with a great bourbon. We like to use Bulleit Bourbon. It’s just the right balance of flavor and price for cocktails.
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The next step is to make a blueberry simple syrup. What I love about this simple syrup is that it can be used for so many different drinks, like a Dark & Stormy, a Bourbon Smash, or a simple blueberry lemonade.
We’ve got the full instructions for how to make blueberry simple syrup in this post, but the short version is to boil blueberries with water and sugar until they burst and impart lots of wonderful purple color to the liquid.
Then strain it through a fine mesh sieve to remove all the skins and pulp from the liquid. You can use the skins and pulp for another purpose, like jam. When blended, the quick jam is really great on top of oatmeal or pancakes.
Make sure the simple syrup has enough time to cool before using it in your drink. If it’s still warm, it will cause the ice to melt into your drink faster than you want.
The blueberry simple syrup will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator, so you can use it for this and all those other drinks we mentioned, without having to make another batch.
Use a low ball or whiskey glass for this drink. It’s not a lot of liquid, so you don’t need a tall glass.
Add one big ice cube, if you have it, or handful of small cubes. You don’t want to water down the drink, but it’s best when slightly chilled. Another way to go is to freeze about 10 blueberries and use those for the ice in the drink.
Add the simple syrup, the Bourbon and some ice in a cocktail shaker. Give it 10 good shakes to make sure the liquid is chilled. Then strain it into your glass. Add 3 drops of Angostura bitters and a few blueberries for garnish.
I sometimes add a sprig of rosemary to the glass as well, for the aroma. You can add an orange peel for a citrus aroma, or just keep it simple.
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Add blueberries for a twist on a classic in this Blueberry Old Fashioned recipe.
For the cocktail
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 tbsp blueberry simple syrup
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- Extra blueberries, for garnish
For the blueberry simple syrup
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar (substitute with Xylitol for sugar-free version)
- Add blueberries, water, and sugar to a saucepan. Boil over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, strain through a fine-mesh sieve, and allow the syrup to completely cool.
- Add the Bourbon and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a low ball glass, over ice.
- Add Angostura bitters and garnish with extra blueberries.
There is enough simple syrup for 6-8 drinks, depending on how sweet you make your drink. The extra simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
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