Butternut Old Fashioned

Little Dom's butternut old fashioned recipe

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail

Put an autumn twist on the old-fashioned with this cocktail recipe that begins with a butternut squash infusion of bourbon. It's a fascinating mix, especially if you are looking for a truly interesting cocktail to serve on Thanksgiving Day or any autumn occasion.

This fun recipe was created by Nikki Sunseri of Little Dom's in Los Angeles, California and it is as simple as it is unique. You will need to plan about one week ahead for the infusion. Though nearly any bourbon will do, one with a high rye content is wonderful against the roasted butternut squash that's flavored with cinnamon and sugar. Once you have the infusion, the cocktail is as simple as adding maple syrup and two bitters.


  • For the Butternut-Infused Bourbon:
  • 1 butternut squash
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of sugar
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle bourbon whiskey
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces butternut-infused bourbon
  • 1/4 ounce maple syrup
  • Splash maple bitters
  • Splash bitters
  • Garnish: orange peel

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Butternut-Infused Bourbon

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven 400 F.

    Ingredients for butternut-squash infused bourbon
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  2. Cut the butternut squash into tiny pieces and lightly dust them with sugar and cinnamon.

    Cut squash
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  3. Roast for about 20 minutes until they are a bit dry and golden.

    Butternut squash
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  4. Cool to room temperature, place it in an infusion jar, then top with the bourbon.

    Cool and pour bourbon
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  5. Let the infusion sit for at least 6 days. Test for flavor and let it infuse longer if needed.

  6. Once the desired intensity is reached, strain out the squash and bottle the bourbon. It can be stored like any liquor but should be enjoyed within a couple of months.

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Make the Butternut Old-Fashioned

  1. In an old-fashioned glass filled with cracked ice, pour the butternut-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters.

    Ingredients for cocktail
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  2. Stir well.

    Stir well
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  3. Garnish with an orange peel.

    Garnish with an orange peel
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  4. Serve and enjoy!

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  • If you're going to use another whiskey, try a straight rye whiskey.
  • Real maple syrup is highly recommended for this cocktail. Avoid the typical pancake syrup bottles and pick up a bottle of the really good sweet stuff.

How Strong Is a Butternut Old-Fashioned?

Using a 90 proof flavorful whiskey contributes to this old-fashioned's high alcohol content. On average, it should mix up to about 32 percent ABV (64 proof).