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This Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned is the perfect cozy cocktail for November and December nights. Homemade spiced rosemary and honey simple syrup, mixed with warming bourbon, lemon, and orange. Perfect for cold nights and easy to create. Simply mix everything together for a cocktail that’s perfectly sweetened, spiced, and so delicious! Tip? Make a large batch to serve to family and friends over the holidays.

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And the official countdown is on. We have just about a week and a half left from now until Thanksgiving, and surprise, I am excited! Not only am I looking forward to a good meal, but also a little downtime. It’s been hard to keep up with everything the last few months, but with the holidays here, it’s time to slow down a little and enjoy the magic of the season…

Will I listen and take my own advice? Probably not, BUT, I do have the perfect cocktail to slow down and cozy up with. And you know?

It’s one of my favorites yet.

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The simple details.

This one is different because for once, I’m focusing more on spices and citrus and much less on the fruit. I’m a fruity cocktail kind of person, but I’m switching things up. The key to this drink lies within the spiced honey syrup. It’s a mix of sweet honey and warming spices, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. All simmered together with woodsy rosemary and then finished off with two extra special touches…fresh orange zest and a splash of sweet vanilla.

When shaken up with bourbon, lemon, and a squeeze of fresh orange juice, it’s sweet, spicy, and delicious

Simple to mix up, but oh so GOOD.

As I mentioned, you can also make this into more of a punch for serving guests. If doing so, I would probably recommend doubling the recipe, depending on how many people you plan to serve…or if you just know your guests will be back for seconds.

With our family, my guess is that many will be back for seconds. My sister-in-law, whom I just sent the recipe to, said “this might be my fave drink of yours”. She’s a tough critic, so that should tell you something about this drink, it’s a good one!

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If you wanted to make this drink sparkle even more, I’d add some candied rosemary. It’s so simple to make. Just grab some fresh rosemary sprigs, dampen them with water, and cover in granulated sugar. Let the rosemary dry for an hour at room temperature. Now you have pretty, glistening, rosemary that’s the perfect final touch.

And that’s pretty much it. It’s a classic, but with a seasonal twist that makes it even better. This one is perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy guys!!

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Looking for other easy bourbon cocktails?? Here are my favorites: 

Nightmare on Bourbon Street

Cranberry Bourbon Sour

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

Lastly, if you make this Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 1 drink

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Ingredients

Spiced Honey Syrup

Old Fashioned

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) bourbon
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) orange or clementine juice
  • 1-2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1-2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) spiced honey syrup

Instructions

  • 1. To make the spiced honey syrup. In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the orange zest and vanilla. Let cool. This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks.
    2. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2-3 tablespoons honey syrup, the bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, and orange bitters. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange slice and rosemary, if desired. 
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Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned Pitcher

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for serving
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) bourbon
  • 4 ounce (1/2 cup) lemon juice
  • 4 ounce (1/2 cup clementine or orange juice
  • 3-4 dashes orange bitters
  • 3-4 ounces (1/4 - 1/2 cup) spiced honey syrup
  • 1 blood orange or regular orange, sliced or regular orange, sliced

Instructions

  • 1. To make the spiced honey syrup. In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the orange zest and vanilla. Let cool. Remove the rosemary, cinnamon, cardamom pods, and ginger.
    This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks.
    2. In a punch bowl, combine the honey syrup, the bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, and orange bitters. Stir to combine, chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice. Garnish with an orange slice and rosemary, if desired. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this drink! I made for a girls party and everyone couldn’t get enough!! I used nutmeg instead of cardamom because I didn’t have any.

    1. Hi Kate,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it. Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Shea,
      Awesome! I love to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy New Year!🎆 xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for christmas, i used star anise and cloves in the syrup as well and skipped the vanilla it was very nice!

    1. Hi Wessel,
      Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!🎄🎁 xTieghan

    1. Hi Lindsey,
      Yes, it will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers! xTieghan

  3. Hi! I noticed the pictures of the drink and the spiced honey show anise, but it isn’t listed – is it needed? I figure as garnish is optional, but was I supposed to put it in the honey? I’m testing this out tonight – hopefully going to make a large batch for christmas! I love your drinks!!

    1. Hi Sara,
      You can totally use the star anise as a garnish, but it is not needed:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! Cheers! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made these last year for our Christmas Eve gathering and my only mistake…I only made enough for 1 round! I know better this year and am currently making a triple batch of the syrup. Thanks so much for this fun drink.

    1. Hey Jody,
      Awesome! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it. Happy Holidays!❄️ xT

  5. 5 stars
    Everyone loved this cocktail and asked for the recipe! I did use ground nutmeg instead of cardamom. I also used 1/2 the lemon and 1/2 the syrup when shaking.

    1. Hey Wendy,
      You can keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

        1. Hey Wendy,
          Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Worth the effort to squeeze your own clementine juice. The spiced honey syrup also makes a wonderful addition to lemon / ginger tea.

    1. Hey there,
      Wonderful! Love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it! Have the best week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Jen,
      Awesome! It’s so great to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! Yes, I would keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. xTieghan

  7. This recipe is amazing – tested it out before thanksgiving and it’s a keeper! Didn’t have cardamom so I used cloves instead and 10/10

    1. Hey Emily,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Have a great week! xTieghan

  8. Is there anise missing in the recipe? It’s all over the pictures, but I don’t see how it is used in the description..

  9. Very tasty and so “fall”. Love the spiced honey and when I can’t indulge (like work gets in the way), I can add the spiced honey to tea.

    1. Hey Jane,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed. Have a great Saturday! xTieghan

    1. Hey Debra,
      Happy Friday!! Love to hear that you liked the recipe, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend. xTieghan

  10. Can’t wait to try, wonder if I could make the honey syrup the day before or is it best fresh? Trying to schedule my thanksgiving morning accordingly

  11. 5 stars
    I made in a pitcher. 4 cups of a small batch bourbon. I tripled the syrup recipe and added star anise to the cooking syrup. So maybe a little sweeter than recipe calls for but it tastes good. I garnished with one start anise and a 1/2 of a candied orange slice from Trader Joe. Potent. Gooood.

  12. 5 stars
    Just made this for the first time. My husband and I are enjoying it on the deck of our rental in Stowe Vermont. Just perfect for a cool, crisp fall evening – cheers!

    1. Hi Shelli,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner. Thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

  13. The picture shows Anise pods, not cardamom. Am I missing something or was there a misprint? I want to make sure I make this correct!

    1. Hey Jason,
      I just used the anise as a garnish, you can follow the recipe as is. Please let me know if you give it a try, cheers! xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    Another fantastic cocktail! Made this for friends and all 6 of us loved this drink! I even found the start anise Which make the drink look super cool! I have definitely upped my bartending game following you!

  15. Mine turned out to be a little thick…maybe the organic honey. Similar to apple sauce haha. Delicious though!

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  16. 3 stars
    This profiled more like a whiskey sour. The syrup was tasty but the lemon juice overpowered everything. I made it without the lemon and it was more old fashioned.

    1. Hey Jeff,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, so sorry you did not enjoy let me know if there is anything I can help with. Happy New Year! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! My husband loves a good old fashioned but they are a little intense for me. This was the perfect balance with the bourbon and mild sweetness. We garnished with star anise and a cinnamon stick (per your pictures) and they added such a beautiful flavor. I would highly recommend it!

  18. 4 stars
    Made this pitcher style for Xmas and it disappeared on me so fast…doubled the recipe and still almost missed out on my 2nd drink! Great combination of flavors and solid as written but for me I was still craving more ginger (and I already 2x the amount called for in the recipe) and could have done with a little less Rosemary. I’ll try this again with half the Rosemary and 4x the amount of ginger (I really like a spicy kick!). Also I used fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice and it was a little too acidic…I topped each drink off with a little club soda which helped to balance that out…but in the future I might go 3/4 cup orange to 1/4 cup lemon or even all orange juice.

    1. Hey Beata,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    Absolutely loveeee this cocktail! And so has everyone that I’ve made one for! It’s a little bit of work getting all of the oranges and lemons juiced and the simple syrup made, but it is well worth the effort. I plan to continue to make it for loved ones this holiday season!

    1. Hey Emily,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jamie,
      Yes, that would work nicely. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  20. I tried adding a teaspoon of this syrup to a glass of Pinot Grigio and it was really good! Sort of like mulled wine.

  21. This sounds delicious! If making the syrup in advance, how do you recommend storing it? At room temperature with the spices remaining in the syrup?

    1. Hey Jill,
      I would store the syrup in the fridge. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Amy,
      I just used the star anise as a garnish! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  22. This looks amazing! I’m not a huge fan of rosemary. Could I leave it out or would you replace it with something? Thanks!

    1. Hey Jeana,
      Totally fine to skip the rosemary. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  23. 5 stars
    Hi! This was absolutely delicious I’ve made it many times now! Am I able to store the extra syrup to use later? Thanks so much!

    1. Hey Claire,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad you enjoyed! Yes, you can save the syrup in the fridge for up to 1 month. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  24. Ok, yaaaaaaaas! This was ahmazing! Spicy and delicious, and looked so festive in a glass. Fantastic on all accounts!

  25. Tried this for Thanksgiving, and it’s my new fall favorite. I’m a self taught cook, and found your holiday make ahead guide SUPER helpful. Not to mention your turkey is another new family fav. Loving you and your site; I’m grateful. ☺️

  26. This looks amazing! We’re trying to prep some syrups and whatnot before the Christmas holiday. How long does this keep? Also, I love your blog and instagram page! Thank you for sharing

    1. Hey Devon,
      The syrup is good for 1 month in the fridge. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jordan,
      You sure can! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Shauna,
      I would say about 1 month. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  27. 5 stars
    Everybody loved it. I used dark honey instead of light, which I wouldn’t recommend due to the color–it didn’t come out as orangy as one might like. But the flavor was great. I cooked the syrup down a little more than the recipe to amp up the odors. The garnish really helps too. I didn’t sugar my rosemary so it had a great odor. Also my company did not know what the star anise was so that was a whole conversation. A great success.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EhdHXJa2UMw9Br3HqAXKiIZp3CGq2GdG/view?usp=sharing

  28. In the picture there is a star anise in the glass and I don’t see it in the recipe. Was it just a garnish or am I missing it? Thanks!!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      I just used the star anise as garnish, but it is not required for the recipe! I hope you love the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  29. 5 stars
    So yummy! We cut the recipe in half, since it was just the two of us. We each got a large pour! Very fun to try something new. We did accidentally zest the orange, when I think we were supposed to add orange peel, but no worries.

  30. 3 stars
    As written the recipe is a three because the honey is SO thick it sticks to the side of my shaker and does not mix in at all. I added a quarter cup of water to the honey mix and reheated it to combine. The honey then mixed well with the remaining ingredients and did not stay stuck inside my shaker. For my own personal preference I found the lemon too much, so cut it down to 1/2 a tbsp.
    With the water added to the honey, and the adjustment to the lemon(personal preference) we found this an amazing thanksgiving drink. I will definitely make this recipe again!

  31. 5 stars
    This is SO yum! Heart and soul warming. I bungled up the recipe a bit on the first go and put the zest in with the boil – no sweat, with a bit of zest garnish I fixed that problem. Tip: the spices smell SO good I didn’t want the smell to end, so I threw the drained off spices into a pot with just water and turned it to boil: it filled the kitchen with such a lovely smell – no diffuser or candle needed!

  32. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan,
    Hope your family had a great Thanksgiving! Sipping this yummy drink as I type. I let the star anise steep in the syrup. Love this cocktail! Thanks!

  33. 5 stars
    This was so so good! I don’t normally like old fashioneds but this blew me away! I used rye instead of bourbon and it turned out spectacular. Thanks Tieghan! Keep them coming!

  34. This is delicious, made for Thanksgiving for just myself and husband. Used bourbon and tried with brandy as well. Not too much like a traditional old fashioned like some say but who cares it’s tasty!

  35. 5 stars
    I hate bourbon and I love this cocktail!! Couldn’t find cardamom on thanksgiving eve but it’s still delicious. Perfect for a cold quiet night in front of the fire 🙂

    1. Hey Hailey,
      You could keep this in the fridge for a few weeks. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  36. 5 stars
    This drink is super yummy! We rimmed our glasses with leftover chai spiced sugar from the your chai pumpkin latte cupcakes!

    1. Hey Melissa,
      You can make the honey a few days in advance but I would make the cocktail and serve immediately. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  37. Do you really use the anise star? Or is that just for show here in the pic? They’re so strong? Just don’t want to ruin the drink?

    1. Hey Bernadette,
      I just used the star anise as garnish! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  38. This looks so good! Do you think that I could make the syrup a day or two ahead of time, then mix when we’re ready to drink? I’m trying to prep ahead of time.

    1. Hey Denise,
      Yes that would be totally fine to do, just store it in the fridge. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jaime,
      So sorry these glasses are old, I do not have a link for them. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Susan,
      The star anise is not needed in the recipe, I just like to use it as garnish. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  39. 5 stars
    Also… someone asked why their final result was so thick… I’m thinking it is because they forgot to add the water? Water is not listed in the ingredients, but in the instructions. I almost forgot it as well.

  40. Tieghan, I LOVE Halfbaked Harvest … so many recipes, beautifully made, so much depth of flavor, and art on a plate. Thank you!
    Being new to Bourbon, it was a delight to find this recipe, and it is YUMMY! I doubled the spiced honey with 1 cup honey, 1 cup water — I didn’t double the spices but just used rounded up amounts. I used Saigon cinnamon (a bit ‘spicier’. And added another minute to the boil process.
    I will warn y’all … Do NOT walk away from the process of boiling the honey syrup…:)

  41. 5 stars
    This was SO good! I made them tonight and my husband drank his fast and said, “I could use another.” We are big bourbon fans. We usually drink it straight up, but sometimes mixing it is just what the doctor ordered. 🙂 When I made the syrup, I used whole spices and it was amazing. I think the extra would be good in a cup of tea or hot toddy. The syrup smelled so good while it was steeping, that I drained it when it cooled, added water back to the spices and let it simmer on the stove. It smelled so good – bonus!

    1. Haha yes! I am so happy this recipe turned out so well for you both! Thank you for trying this one, Emily! xTieghan

  42. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband and I and this is delicious! Don’t listen to the naysayers who give lower stars just because it’s not a classic old fashioned. This drink says bring on the holidays, will have to make it again for Thanksgiving and during the winter season. Love the spices, honey, and orange flavors.

  43. Which drink would you say is the least sweet? This one or your cinnamon bourbon drink with brûlée’d oranges? Thank you!

  44. Loved the idea and the smell, but my simple syrup was soooo thick. What can I do to make it more liquid? What did I do wrong?

    1. Hey Carrie,
      So sorry you had issues with the syrup. I am wondering if you cooked it for too long? It really only needs 2-3 minutes and then it’s good to go:) I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  45. 5 stars
    Perfect Fall cocktail. Thank you Tieghan for another outstanding recipe to add to my collection. This cocktail is SO yummy. I used tangerine juice which added a nice tang and balanced the sweet of the honey. I’m planning to keep this in rotation as we move into colder months.

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  47. 4 stars
    I thought this drank more like a spiced holiday punch rather than an old fashioned! Still tasty but more viscous than an old fashioned in my mind.

  48. Oh my. This one deserves an instant try. Honey syrup smells and tastes AMAZING. Can’t wait for it to cool. I’ll let you know how the finished product is!

  49. While this cocktail is oh so good, it should have it’s own unique name since all the adjuncts make it something entirely different than it’s name. I must admit, I’m an Old Fashioned and Manhatten snob, but if someone sold this to me calling it an Old Fashioned, I’d be disappointed with my drink. Too many ingredients cover the “bourbon forward” profile of A TRUE Old Fashioned. It’s more in the “mulled drink” taste profile.

  50. 5 stars
    Wow! This is delicious! I’m not a big bourbon drinker but my husband is and this is a cocktail that rivals a fancy restaurant special. Loved it! Will definitely be making this through out the season and beyond. Love all of your recipes and your photos are the bomb!

  51. Recipe is very inviting but I was wondering where to find a retailer who sells clementine juice. I did notice that in your recipe for a pitcher you did give orange juice as a possible substitute but I would like to use clementine juice. Although this is an option I believe the clementine juice would be better. I had no luck finding a US retailer so it looks like we will be juicing fresh clementines or using orange juice unless you can help.

    1. Hi Chris! I think orange or clementine will work amazing in this recipe! Fresh squeezed clementine juice is the best for sure! xTieghan

  52. Yummm definitely trying this for Thanksgiving! Seems like it’s almost a whiskey sour with all those citrus juices mixed in… sounds delish!

  53. This looks delicious, but I don’t think you can really call it an old-fashioned. It’s more like an autumn whiskey sour.

  54. My family LOVES Old Fashioneds. I’m making this for thanksgiving weekend. Just to be clear, use a cardamom pod in syrup mixture and the star anise is just for garnish? Right? Thanks and I love your sight. You are SOOO creative!

    1. Hey Leah,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Myriem,
      I like Four Roses or Off Hours Bourbon. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan