I don’t sip flavored whiskies neat, but with this Peanut Butter Whiskey Old Fashioned, I set out to duplicate the rich flavor of a Reese’s peanut butter cup in a cocktail. This time of year my attempts to leave the grocery without a bag of Reese’s peanut butter eggs are generally kept. But, I can still enjoy decadent chocolate and peanut butter together in this easy Peanut Butter Cup cocktail.
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Ingredients in the Peanut Butter Cup Old Fashioned
I crave this recipe two times a year. In the fall around Halloween time, and this time of year near Easter. Sometimes just walking down the candy aisle is enough to make me crave a bag of peanut butter chocolate candy.
For this riff on the old fashioned (more on how to make an old fashioned here), I decided to combine the peanut butter and chocolate flavors of a Reese’s peanut butter cup in cocktail form. To do that I added both peanut butter whiskey and chocolate whiskey/liqueur to a base of bourbon, and tossed in some chocolate bitters. The combination is easy to make and easy to sip.
I do suggest using a chocolate bitter that doesn’t have a strong heat/spice element – think dark chocolate notes, like The Bitter Truth chocolate bitters, or Scrappy’s chocolate bitters. Nothing to heat up the mouth. This cocktail isn’t a multi-dimensional craft cocktail. It’s easy and sweet.
How to Make the Reese’s Cocktail
Because we’re using the template of the old fashioned cocktail, add the peanut butter whiskey old fashioned ingredients to a mixing glass. As usual, fill with ice, stir and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Tip: Since it’ll be served over ice, I tend to under-dilute, just slightly. That keeps the drink from getting watered down as you sip on it.
Because this is candy in a glass, we’ll add a peanut butter cup or three to the cocktail as a garnish. No need to get complicated with a drink that’s meant to be an easy indulgence.
One further note: This cocktail is meant to be one where the bourbon can still be detected. If you are looking for a ratio that hides the bourbon better, switch the recipe below to 1 oz bourbon and 1 oz peanut butter whiskey.
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Peanut Butter Cup Old Fashioned
- 1.5 oz bourbon 90-100 proof Something smooth, with hints of vanilla
- ½ oz pb whiskey
- ½ oz crème de cacao/chocolate whiskey non creamy
- 2 dashes chocolate bitters
- 1 dash cherry bark vanilla bitters optional
- Garnish: a Reese’s peanut butter cup, of course!
- Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice.
- Stir until well-chilled and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube.
- Garnish with a Reese’s cup. Good luck waiting until you’re done with the drink to eat the candy!