Cardamom Old Fashioned's
Recipe Type: Cocktail
The combination of cardamom and rye is smooth, sweet, and warming, a completely natural extension of the traditional flavors.
Cardamom Old Fashioned, Makes 1, easily scalable
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey (bourbon or brandy will work here as well)
  • 1½ tsp. double-strength cardamom syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1-2 dashes bitters
  • Splash or soda water and/or orange liqueur, if desired
  • Strip of lemon peel, for garnish
Cardamom simple syrup, double-strength, Makes about 1 pint
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 cardamom pods
Simple Syrup
  1. Boil the sugar and water and cool If you have a mortar and pestle, pound the cardamom pods briefly to break them apart. If not, that’s okay. Heat sugar, water, and cardamom pods over medium-high heat in a saucepan or pot. Heat until boiling, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is completely clear. Let sit off heat until room temperature. Strain through a sieve to remove cardamom pieces, or remove them by hand with a spoon.
  2. Making ahead/storage: Cardamom simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  1. Combine ingredients and serve Stir rye, cardamom syrup, and bitters in a cocktail glass, plus soda water and/or orange liqueur, if desired. Add ice, if you like, and garnish with a strip of lemon peel.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at