Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail

An apple cider bourbon cocktail topped with ginger beer, Lime juice, and a dash of ginger bitters. The perfect cozy cocktail for chilly weather.

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Chocolate Cream Pie + Bourbon Butterscotch

An easy from-scratch chocolate cream pie with a dark chocolate pudding filling. served with whipped cream topping and creamy bourbon butterscotch for some warm autumn vibes.

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Sparkling Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Ok, I know it’s been 10 days since July started, but happy July!!!  Did everyone have a great Fourth?  I spent mine getting fried to a lobster-y red crisp while floating the Truckee River on a donut tube, and it was *worth it*.  Everyone was out, and it was like a giant Fourth of July party!  The water wasn’t even that cold, and I became friends with a guy dressed like Jack Sparrow.  I christened him Pirate Steve, and then he gave us a bunch of PBRs that were kept cold by the melted ice water that is the Truckee River.  Pirate Steve was the ~homie~.  We kept scraping our backs and booties on the rocks, since the river was fairly low, but if you don’t have battle scars, did you even float the Truckee? Continue reading “Sparkling Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade”

Ginger Old Fashioned

Updated September 2019: How to make a ginger old fashioned with bourbon, ginger bitters, and of course, a classic twist.

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Hello, my name is Sara Lynn, and I am a young NYC man living in the year 1958 a 20-something woman who loves old fashioned cocktails.  But you can call me Don Draper.

Today, I will be sharing my favorite old fashioned recipe, because it’s my birthday! And I will be celebrating with Bourbon, Angostura bitters, and orange peel all night long if I have my way.  However, I’ll try to sneak a lemon drop or Manhattan in, so I can feel like Carrie Bradshaw.  I may have an identity crisis at the end of the night, but so be it.  Tonight is for celebration and cake and drinks with my friends!

Last summer while I was in London, the beers and ciders became kind of mundane after my 200th IPA.  One night, a group of (other) Nevada students and I went to a bar down the road from our dorm where I asked the bartender if they could mix cocktails.  Ignoring the slightly dubious look in the recent high-school-grad-of-a-bartender’s eyes, I asked for an old fashioned, which he then responded with, “What’s in it?”.  It was then that I learned that English pubs are strictly for wine, beer, and cider.  Message received.

So, I had an old fashioned while I flew home to the states.

How to make a ginger old fashioned cocktail.

From Tigger mug to crystal tumblers: the evolution of the ginger old fashioned.

My first old fashioned was made with Bulleit bourbon and served out of a Tigger coffee mug around Christmas time while it snowed outside.  That’s a true story.  I’ve come a long way since then, but I can’t say that scenario won’t reoccur.  I am in college after all, and sometimes Disney coffee mugs are the only vehicle for alcoholic beverages.  However, I still do not own whiskey glasses, so discount water glasses bought at Home Goods will have to do for now.  (2019 Update: I have graduated from college, and therefore, graduated from water glasses. We now own four whole crystal tumblers whoop whoop!)

How to make the perfect ginger old fashioned!

Another 2019 update: I have me a mans. And he knows how to make a damn good old fashioned. So, one weekend while he made me a ginger old fashioned, I took some photos, and now we have a great step-by-step tutorial! Thanks, Marc!

Start with crystal tumblers or small water glasses.

For the ginger old fashioned, you will need bourbon or rye (I like Bulleit), simple syrup or sugar cubes, ginger bitters, and a lemon and/or orange.

Start with a couple of glasses. Obviously, crystal tumblers are fancy AF, but a small water glass or even a Tigger mug will do! Place a large ice cube in each glass. I got my mold at Target, but you can use regular ice cubes if you’d like.

Add the bourbon to the whiskey glasses.

Pour two ounces of bourbon over the ice.

Pour the simple syrup over the whiskey and ice cube.

Pour one-quarter ounce, a.k.a. one teaspoon, of simple syrup over the whiskey. I prefer to pour the simple syrup in after the whiskey (as opposed to before), to keep the simple syrup from settling at the bottom of the glass.

Add a couple dashes of ginger bitters to the cocktail glass.

Add two to three dashes of ginger bitters.

Stir the ginger old fashioned until cold.

If you have a swizzle spoon, now is the time to bust it out! Or, just use a regular spoon/iced tea spoon. Stir the drink until it’s properly chilled and a bit diluted, about 30 seconds.

Add a twist to the glass.

Take a strip of lemon peel or orange peel, and twist it over the ginger old fashioned. If you use both, it’s called “rabbit ears”. Cute! Drop the peel in the glass for garnish.

That's it! You have made a ginger old fashioned.

That’s it y’all! Ginger old fashioned complete.

Ginger Old Fashioned



As a bday present to me, please make this ginger old fashioned tonight. Or, order one at your favorite bar šŸ˜‰

XO Sara Lynn

*Song of the Day: Dreaming by Seapony

How to make the perfect ginger old fashioned. | Serendipity by Sara Lynn
Ginger Old Fashioned | Serendipity by Sara Lynn