Wild Turkey Old Fashioned: A Bittersweet & Bold Classic

The Old Fashioned, a timeless cocktail, is a must-have in any mixologist’s repertoire. This simple yet elegant drink is perfect for those who appreciate the balance of sweet and bitter flavors. While traditionally made with gin or brandy, the modern Old Fashioned relies primarily on bourbon or rye whiskey.

Wild Turkey, a renowned bourbon brand, offers a perfect base for this classic cocktail. Their 101 and 101 Rye expressions are particularly well-suited offering a rich and complex flavor profile that complements the sweetness of the simple syrup and the bitterness of the bitters.

The Perfect Wild Turkey Old Fashioned:


  • 2 parts Wild Turkey® 101 Bourbon
  • 1/4 part simple syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters (Angostura and Peychaud’s recommended)


  1. Combine the Wild Turkey® 101 Bourbon and simple syrup in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add two dashes of bitters (one Angostura and one Peychaud’s) and stir together.
  3. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with an orange peel.


  • For a spicier kick, try using Wild Turkey 101 Rye instead of bourbon.
  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup to your taste preference.
  • Experiment with different types of bitters to create your own unique flavor profile.

Beyond the Classic:

The Old Fashioned is a versatile cocktail that can be easily adapted to your own preferences. Here are a few variations to explore:

  • Pineapple Old Fashioned: This tropical twist uses pineapple juice and a pineapple slice for a refreshing summer drink.
  • Don Valdez: This coffee-infused Old Fashioned is perfect for those who enjoy a bolder, more complex flavor.
  • Bourbon-Rye Blend: Combine Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon and Wild Turkey 101 Rye for a unique and flavorful twist on the classic.

The Wild Turkey Old Fashioned is a timeless cocktail that is both delicious and easy to make. With its perfect balance of sweet, bitter, and spicy flavors, it’s no wonder this classic has stood the test of time. So next time you’re looking for a sophisticated and satisfying drink, give the Wild Turkey Old Fashioned a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Steps to Make It

  • Gather the ingredients. S&C Design Studios
  • Cut the cherry in half five times around the pit, from top to bottom. Soak for 30 to 1 hour in a few ounces of amaretto. S&C Design Studios .
  • In a mixing glass, muddle the apple cider, sage, orange zest and twists, brown sugar, and saffron. S&C Design Studios .
  • Pour in the bourbon, add ice to the glass, and give it a good stir. S&C Design Studios .
  • Strain and serve over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with the amaretto-soaked cherry. Serve and enjoy. S&C Design Studios .
  • To fully incorporate the flavors of the herbs, spices, and citrus into the sugar and cider mixture, you should muddle this cocktail thoroughly. Press and turn the ingredients for a good 30 seconds. Since you will be straining everything out of the drink anyhow, don’t worry about appearances.
  • Saffron will stain a wood muddler a yellowish color. That’s why you might want to use a rubber-tipped or stainless-steel muddler for this drink.
  • Make sure to give this drink a thorough 30 second stir. The ice’s movement will provide just the right amount of dilution to blend all the flavors together.
  • Additionally, preparing a full batch of cherries infused with amaretto is quite simple. This is a useful method for preserving fresh cherries in the spring when they’re in season. Just follow the instructions for making homemade maraschino cherries, substituting amaretto for the liqueur.
  • Since true saffron is a very costly spice, most pantries don’t keep it on hand. You can substitute a tiny pinch of turmeric for the red spice, which is available whole as strings or powdered. Turmeric is used as a substitute for saffron because of the similar yellow color it yields. Due to the bourbon and cider, it doesn’t significantly impact this drink, but it does
  • The suggested bourbon is Wild Turkey 101, which can handle the wide range of flavors in this drink. You can use any bourbon, of course, but lighter whiskies might not stand out in the mixture. It’s probably best to stick with a robust, full-flavored substitute that has more than 80 proof.

Wild Turkey Bourbon: The Old Fashioned

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