Recipes | Jolly Old-Fashioned: a great seasonal twist on this cocktail classic


Jolly Old-Fashioned: a great seasonal twist on this cocktail classic

I was chatting to mixologist Robbie Bargh on Twitter (as you do) and told him I was looking for a great Christmas cocktail. His team at Gorgeous Group came up with this fantastic spiced rum and apple brandy Old Fashioned which totally hits the spot.

"A perfect digestif or dessert cocktail with mince pies, Christmas pud or even cheese" reckons Robbie.

Note the rum infusion needs to be started 24 hours ahead

Spiced Rum & Apple Brandy Old-fashioned

Serves 1 but you'd no doubt make it for more.


20ml 5 y.o. Somerset Cider Brandy or other apple brandy

30ml 5.y.o. Eldorado or other 5 y.o. rum infused with raisins, sultanas & orange peel (see below*)

10ml Pedro Ximenez sherry

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

A twist of orange peel to finish

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with cubed ice and stir, checking for temperature and dilution**. Strain over cubed ice in a rocks glass (tumbler).

Twist the orange peel over the glass to release the orange zest and use as garnish.

* For the infusion prick raisins and sultanas, and finely pare the rind of 1 orange making sure to remove all the pith. Then add the ingredients to kilner jar, top with rum and steep for 24 hours.

** By this Robbie means make sure the temperature and strength of the cocktail are right. In other words taste it!

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