Honey Old Fashioned

Honey Old Fashioned - A sweet twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. | foxeslovelemons.com

Mad Men is finally back on TV, and there’s nothing like tuning in with an Old Fashioned in your hand. While this cocktail is traditionally made with a sugar cube, I’ve been known to substitute everything from honey to agave nectar to maple syrup. Don Draper might not approve, but um, he’s not really the best person, so I don’t care if he approves! I don’t approve of a lot of stuff he’s done!

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The March edition of Mitten Crate included a variety of interesting Michigan-made products:

The honey straws  will be working themselves into my cocktails (and Greek yogurt) for the near future! Zou bisou bisou 😉

Honey Old Fashioned - A sweet twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. | foxeslovelemons.com

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Honey Old Fashioned

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 strip (about 1 inch wide) orange peel
  • 1-1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon honey (1 honey straw)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Ice


  1. Place orange peel in small glass and use muddler to gently release its oils. Add bourbon, honey, and bitters; stir until honey is dissolved. Top glass with ice and serve immediately.

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  1. Gosh…I am so behind on Mad Men! I’m looking forward to the summer, so that I can rewatch the entire series. I don’t have the time right now. I love the idea of a honey old fashioned. Need this in my life. 

    • I re-watched the whole series over Christmas break, and loved every minute of it. There’s so much that happened that I had kind of forgotten about. It’s such a complicated, wonderful show!

  2. Did you make your own orange bitters? My husband and his buddy are getting their master’s degrees in may, so we are having a party, and we want to pretend to be fancy people who drink fancy drinks like this amazing one.

    • Hi Hannah! I do NOT make my own bitters. Sounds like it could be a fun project, but this bottle of Angostura orange bitters will probably last me the rest of my life. Congrats to your husband and his friend! A Master’s degree is a huge accomplishment, definitely deserving of a party with fancy drinks 🙂

  3. I love Mad Men and well you know I love a good old fashioned! Using honey sounds really interesting, looks like I better bust out the Bulleit and give this a go! 

  4. I feel so behind.  I’ve never watched Mad Med and I had not heard of Mitten Crate…or if I did I forgot!!  Love this!  

  5. Well, you know how much I love cocktails. I love the addition of honey. Pinned.

    • Thanks Jennie! We were on the same wavelength this month – I think you posted that Apple Jack cocktail the day before I was set to photograph this! haha.

  6. If I could have one right now, that would be GREAT! LOL!

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