This Recipe Gives the Classic Old-Fashioned a Thanksgiving Twist

According to Jon Gasparini, owner of one of San Francisco’s most iconic cocktail bars, Rye, “The old-fashioned is the most perfect Thanksgiving beverage. It’s super boozy, which makes dealing with family that much easier.” As I love an old-fashioned, I couldn’t agree more. Serving old-fashioneds on turkey day will also loosen up your guests and get the conversation flowing. To give the classic cocktail a little fall flavor, Gasparini recommends using a teaspoon of pumpkin spice black-tea syrup instead of regular simple syrup. A couple of dashes of apple bitters adds even more depth of flavor. Ready to give thanks? Raise your glass with Gasparini’s recipe for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving below. 

Cocktail ingredients:

2 ounces rye

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice black-tea syrup, recipe below

2 dashes apple bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters

Cocktail directions:

Place all of the ingredients in a tumbler. Add a hand-cut ice cube; stir to chill the drink. Garnish with orange zest. 

Pumpkin spice simple syrup ingredients:

2 parts organic cane sugar

1 part strong tea (Recommended: The Republic of Tea's Pumpkin Spice)

One tea ball for every 6 ounces water

Syrup directions:

Bring ingredients to a boil and serve. 

The perfect rye for this recipe is Wild Turkey.

Do you enjoy old-fashioneds?