Let’s start with a Breakfast Old Fashioned, the Wakey Wakey Old Fashioned for our 5 Quarantine Old Fashioned series.
Combining a little cold brew coffee syrup (or just what’s left over from the last pot of the morning) or coffee liqueur, add a smidge of maple syrup and a healthy dose of whiskey and orange bitters, and you’ve got a great way to start (or end) the day.
The old fashioned was originally a morning or breakfast cocktail. Much like the mimosa or bloody mary today, it was the cocktail to get you ready to face the day. It’s sad that’s no longer our tradition because I’d start the day with an old fashioned over a mimosa any day.
So I decided to think about the tastes of breakfast, and I’ve got a little coffee, a little maple syrup, a touch of orange in the bitters and of course a healthy dollop of bourbon to round it all out. Admittedly, using espresso and maple on the rim of the glass might be a bit over the top, but not as much as turning your bloody mary into a full on salad.
One thing to note here is that the strength of the coffee you use for the coffee syrup will dictate whether you need that extra bit of coffee liqueur in the cocktail. If you make espresso at home or something with a really robust, dark, bitter roast, you may not need the extra bit of coffee and sweet added by the coffee liqueur. But, if you do need the coffee liqueur, make sure you’re not using one that’s a cream-based liqueur. It will make the cocktail look muddy and unappealing, although I’m sure it would taste fantastic.
For the garnish, I opted to use a bit of the maple syrup on the outside rim of the glass so you could decide if you wanted to add a little more sweet or bitter of the espresso powder as you chose how to sip your cocktail. Or try both. As the ice melts and the drink mellows, that extra bitter from the rim might change your thoughts on breakfast cocktails for dinner.
The other Quarantine Old Fashioneds from the series:
Wakey Wakey Breakfast Old Fashioned
- 2 oz bourbon
- ½ oz coffee liqueur non-creamy (optional)
- ½ oz coffee syrup
- 1 barspoon maple syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Garnish: swipe a little maple syrup on the side of the glass and dust it with some espresso powder if you have it
- Prepare the old fashioned glass by putting a swipe of maple syrup on the lip of the glass and dusting it with espresso powder or finely ground coffee. Set aside. Combine bourbon, coffee liqueur, coffee syrup, a bit of maple syrup and the orange bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into the prepared glass filled with ice. Express an orange peel over the cocktail before you take your first sip. Works well as both a morning and evening cocktail.