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Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

The bitterness of the caramelized sugar tempers the sweetness in this twist on an Old Fashioned.



  • 6 ounces Kentucky bourbon
  • Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters or other aromatic bitters
  • 4 orange coins or twists (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

Burnt sugar syrup

  • Cook sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, without stirring, until it begins to turn golden brown around the edges. Stir to incorporate melted sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and a deep amber color. Remove from heat and, stirring constantly, gradually add ⅓ cup water (caramel will seize). Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a jar and chill.


  • For each cocktail, combine 1½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. burnt sugar syrup, and a dash of bitters in a rocks glass. Add a large ice cube and stir. Rub rim of glass with orange coin before garnishing.

Recipe by Room 11, Washington, D.C.,Reviews Section

Watch the video: How To Make a Burnt Sugar Syrup! (October 2021).