The Chestnut Old Fashioned is a winter warmer cocktail that adds a nutty note to the classic whisky cocktail.
In a previous cocktail project, we presented a DIY method for making chestnut liqueur for cocktails or to sip neat on cold winter nights. Chestnut liqueur adds a nutty and autumnal note as well as a hint of smoke when the chestnuts are roasted on a bed of coal or over a fire.
This variation on the classic Old Fashioned works equally well with whisky, bourbon and American whiskey, particularly if the whisk(e)y in question is aged in a higher level of charred barrels. The cocktail is finished with an expressed orange zest, preferably grown organically and a roasted chestnut. Sipping by the fire is optional.
Chestnut Old Fashioned Recipe
Original recipe created by Cocktails & Bars
- 50ml whisk(e)y
- 15ml chestnut liqueur
- 2 dashes old fashioned aromatic bitters
Glassware: single old fashioned
Garnish: expressed orange zest, roasted chestnut
Add whisky, chestnut liqueur and bitters to a mixing glass over ice and stir to chill. Strain into an old fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Express the orange zest over the drink then discard and garnish with a roasted chestnut on top.