This is a fresh twist on the most classic of cocktails. The old fashioned has been quenching thirsts for over 200 years, and this vanilla variant proves why it’s still one of the best drinks you can make.

Check out the how-to video here!


Vanilla Old Fashioned

  • 1, 1x4 inch Orange Peel
  • 3-5 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Simple Syrup, or more to taste
  • 2 oz Whiskey (preferably bourbon)

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Vanilla Paste
  • ⅓ cup boiling water



Make the Simple Syrup:

  1. Add the ingredients in the order listed to a medium jar. Stir everything together until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before sealing and placing in the fridge. The syrup will keep for 1-2 weeks.

Make the Vanilla Old Fashioned:

  1. Add the orange peel, bitters, and simple syrup to a glass and muddle a few times.
  2. Add a large ice cube followed by the whiskey. Give everything a few stirs to combine the flavors and enjoy.

Note: This recipe was prepared for Rodelle by @thebrokenbread.