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say hello to your new fave fall cocktail: cozy bourbon old fashioneds (with homemade sweet potato simple syrup!). |

cozy bourbon old fashioneds (with sweet potato simple syrup!) + juke jams

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drink



for the old fashioned:

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2 teaspoons sweet potato simple syrup (ingredients below)
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • club soda, enough for a splash or two

for the sweet potato simple syrup

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Roast the sweet potato: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a fork. Place on a small baking sheet & into the oven. Roast for about 45 minutes, or until the sweet potato is fork tender & juices bubble out of it. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Make the sweet potato simple syrup: Spoon the flesh of the sweet potato out of the skin & place into a small saucepan with the water and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture into a blender & blend until smooth. (Take care in mixing hot liquid!) Strain the syrup with a fine mesh sieve & transfer to a jar or airtight container. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
  3. Mix a cocktail! Place one slice of orange in a rocks glass with the maraschino cherry. Add in the simple syrup & bitters. Muddle the mixture to break up the cherry and orange. Add in an ice cube or two. Top off with the bourbon and a splash of club soda. Garnish with additional orange slices as desired. Cheers!


As written, this recipe is spirit-forward. If you like a sweeter old fashioned, add extra teaspoon of the simple syrup!

Keywords: cocktail, drink, old fashioned, bourbon, sweet potato