Espresso Old Fashioned

Espresso Old Fashioned? Sign me up!

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Whether you're looking for a change of pace in the morning or searching for you next big success at your cocktail party, this is a top-notch beverage. The complexity and depth of the espresso, coupled with the bitters and brightness of the lemon, make this cocktail one of my new favorites.

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While I chose to make the Espresso Old Fashioned sans bourbon, it can very easily turned into a drink with a little kick. For a more health conscious individual, feel free to use agave nectar rather than the traditional simple syrup. It will add just the right amount of sweetness.

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A quick shout out to SATURDAYS NYC. I purchased their Santalum + Cedrus candle, one of my favorite scents. The packaging is incredible, so much so that I couldn't throw it away once the candle was finished. So with a little bit of cleaning, I turned the glass into a cocktail glass. It is the perfect size for any drink on the rocks or neat.

Espresso Old Fashioned 


1 double shot espresso (about 2 oz) 1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey (optional) 1/4 ounce agave nectar dash of Peychaud's bitters lemon peel


  1. Combine espresso, bourbon, if using, agave nectar, and bitters in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Stir until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds; strain into a lowball glass filled with ice.
  3. Twist lemon peel over cocktail to release oils, then rub over the rim of glass; discard peel.