Cocoa Old Fashioned

Cocoa Old-fashioned Cocktail
Add a little chocolate to your Old-fashioned via a cocoa nib-infused rye whiskey. It's good!. Foodcollection/Getty Images
  • Total: 4 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The great thing about a drink like the classic Old-Fashioned is that the base is set for some wonderful experiments and Joy Richard of The Franklin Café in Boston has created one that is a winner. In her Cocoa Old Fashioned, chocolate is the feature flavor, but it comes via two interesting sources.

First up is Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, which obtains its chocolaty flavor from a three day infusion of Taza Cocoa Nibs. To make this, simply add a few of either the roasted or chocolate-covered cacao beans to a bottle of the rye whiskey and allow it to set for 3 days, or until you get a nice, balanced flavor. When done, strain out the nibs and rebottle the whiskey.

The second chocolate element is a few dashes of Xocolatl Mole bitters from Bittermens, which adds a sweet and spicy touch that works wonderfully with the drink.

Unlike other chocolate drinks, this is not sweet, but a nicely balanced drink that may transform your thoughts of what chocolate can do in cocktails.


Steps to Make It

  1. In an old fashioned glass muddle the orange, cherry, syrup, and bitters.

  2. Fill with ice, add the infused whiskey.

  3. Stir lightly.

Recipe Courtesy: Joy Richard, The Franklin Café, Boston