Why Your Old Fashioned Needs Crème De Cacao

Most old fashioneds have a little sugar, either by way of cube or syrup, but it’s not what I’d call a “sweet” cocktail. (Unless we’re talking about the Wisconsin old fashioned, which is an entirely different situation.) If you’re looking to ease your way into bourbon-focused cocktails with a little southern charm, consider looking to the 1930s with the Kentucky River.

I can’t find a verified history of exactly who or where this cocktail was first made, but it appears in at least one cocktail book from the 1930s.

It’s as easy to make as any old fashioned, but the sugar is replaced with crème de cacao, and classic angostura bitters are swapped out for peach bitters. It’s a touch more dessert-like than its classic counterpart, but still quite boozy, and completely delicious. To make it, you will need:

  • 60mL bourbon

  • 15mL crème de cacao

  • 3 dashes of peach bitters

Add everything to a lowball with a great big cube and give it a little stir. Garnish with a strip of lemon zest if you need a garnish (and are ok with upping your ingredient count).


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