Old fashioneds are simply fall and winter classics. It’s a great go to, but it can get a little mundane or just a little too played out. That’s why we always like to take classic cocktails and spice them up a bit. This cinnamon rosemary old fashioned is a perfect fall twist on the classic. All it takes is a little extra prep and you got yourself a really solid fall cocktail that is easy to make and can make. It can also make a good impression on your guests! But don’t stop there. Make sure to check out our suggested pairing below!

cinnamon rosemary old fashioned

how to make a cinnamon rosemary old fashioned


  • 2 oz bourbon or rye
  • ½ oz rosemary cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1 small orange slice
  • angostura bitters
  • cinnamon sticks, for garnish
  • rosemary, for garnish


To make the rosemary cinnamon simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of water with three sprigs of rosemary and 2 – 3 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil for one minute. Take off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of sugar. Set aside and let cool. Strain out solids with a tea strainer. 

In a double rocks glass or comparable glass, add rosemary cinnamon simple syrup, one small orange slice, and angostura bitters. Gently muddle. Fill the glass with ice and add your choice of bourbon or rye. Gently stir the cocktail to combine ingredients. If a less spirit forward cocktail is desired, add a small splash of water or let the cocktail sit on ice for a few minutes. Garnish and enjoy!

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ingredients for cinnamon rosemary old fashioned


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We always appreciate our classic cocktails. They are called “classic cocktails” for a reason! The old fashioned is a cocktail steeped in history, tracing its origins to the early 19th century. Originally known simply as a “whiskey cocktail,” it evolved as one of the first recorded cocktail recipes. Its classic formula consists of muddled sugar, bitters, a twist of citrus, and, of course, whiskey. Over the years, this timeless drink has remained a symbol of timeless elegance, embodying the essence of a perfectly balanced, no frills cocktail. Yes, the old fashioned has stood the test of time, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t play around with it a little to bring out your own personality. But we do have a few suggestions when it comes to creating classical twists.

cinnamon rosemary old fashioned

Tips for combining flavors :

  1. Ingredient Choices: Start with a base ingredient you want to highlight, whether it’s a fruit, herb, spice, or spirit. Then, think about what other elements naturally complement it. For example, citrus pairs well with herbs like basil or thyme. Some fruits pair well with certain herbs. For example, strawberry and basil. The cinnamon rosemary old fashioned flavors combine a sweet spice with a savory herb to balance out the sweetness.
  2. Bitters: There are a lot of bitters out there with some pretty amazing flavors. We just tried out a variety pack on Amazon and we were pleasantly surprised with the flavors and quality. All it takes is a few dashes and you have a completely different cocktail that’s bursting with more flavors. Just be careful not to overdo it or overcomplicate it. You can also try some of the pre-made syrups like this one. We have heard good things about it!
  3. Bring In Your Personality: Explore flavors from different cuisines and cultures. Drawing inspiration from dishes and ingredients used in specific regions or experiences can lead to unique and exciting drink combinations.
  4. Seasonal Sensibility: Embrace seasonal ingredients. Fresh in season fruits and herbs often yield the best flavor combinations, connecting your drinks to the time of year.
  5. Tasting and Testing: Experimentation is key. Mix and match ingredients, taste frequently, and don’t be afraid to adjust ratios or try something completely unexpected. The more you explore, the more you’ll discover unexpected and delightful flavor combinations.

If you try something unique with a classical cocktail or make this cinnamon rosemary old fashioned, let us know! We would love to hear about it!

suggested pairing for a cinnamon rosemary old fashioned

We always think that during the fall, the theme of our meals should mostly be filled with all the fall flavors. That is why we think the cinnamon rosemary old fashioned and maple sweet potato puree make a great pair. The cocktail’s warm cinnamon and rosemary notes enhance the natural sweetness of the maple in the puree, creating a delightful contrast that balances the richness of the dish. The cocktail’s herbal complexity provides a pleasing contrast to the sweet potato’s creaminess, making each bite and sip a sensory experience. Together, they offer a well rounded and comforting meal, perfect for a cozy evening by the fireplace or a festive holiday gathering, leaving your palate satisfied and your spirits lifted.

cinnamon rosemary old fashioned


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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