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The Vanilla Old Fashioned

Emily Clifton
Warm up a traditional old fashioned cocktail with classic vanilla sugar. This is sure to be a winter favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail, Drink
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla-bean sugar see note above
  • 3 dashes bitters preferably orange or citrus
  • 1- inch piece orange peel
  • Vanilla bean or orange wedge for garnish optional


  • Combine the vanilla sugar, bitters, orange peel and a splash of water in the bottom of a rocks glass. Use a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon to crush the sugar into the zest until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add ice cubes (1 large one is best, if you have it) and pour the bourbon over the ice. Stir for a few seconds, then garnish with a vanilla bean or a wedge of orange, if desired. Serve immediately.