Cherry Old Fashioned Cocktail

A riff on a the classic bourbon or rye-based drink. If I owned a fancy cocktail bar, I would probably call it Bad at Love after the Halsey song of the same name. Adapted from NYTCooking's classic Old Fashioned recipe and Jelly Toast's Tart Cherry Old Fashioned. 

Course Drinks
Keyword angostura bitters, bourbon, cherry, cherry juice, cocktail recipe, cocktails, drinks, easy recipe, luxardo cherries, maraschino cherries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 ounce cherry juice
  • 1/2-1 tsp (roughly) simple syrup, I don't like my Old Fashioned cocktails very sweet so I err on the side of less here
  • 3 Luxardo maraschino cherries, for garnish


  1. Add about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of simple syrup and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to a chilled Old Fashioned glass - like these from CB2. Note: if you don't want to make simple syrup (I had some on hand), you could muddle a sugar cube with the bitters and a bar spoon of water.

  2. Next, add the cherry juice and bourbon. I like Four Roses Small Batch bourbon.  Old Fashioned cocktails can be made with either bourbon or rye, so if you prefer rye, use that. I always go for bourbon.

  3. Add in one large ice cube or two medium sized ones. Oxo has a great large ice cube tray - perfect for whiskey cocktails. 

  4. Stir to chill the drink.

  5. Place three Luxardo maraschino cherries on a cocktail pik and garnish the drink.  I got these great gold ones from Amazon.