Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail

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An easy boozy dessert, this one hits all the flavors of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.


We always talk about how bitters are a valuable ingredient in making cocktails, but they can also be used to add flavors to food as well.  Wanting to use our newly made Coffee and Chocolate bitters for a cool recipe we decided to make a perfect after dinner treat. Many people finish a fancy meal with a nice cup of coffee, a chocolate and a nice drink.


In that spirit we combined all three into the Old Fashioned Panna Cotta, an elegant custard full of classic digestifs making this a great way to top off your meal.  Topping it, is a mixture of brandied cherries, sugar and bitters, sort of a fruit preserves that makes for a boozy topping. The bitters in both the panna cotta and the cherry topping gave a deep richness that pulled the two together into a dessert that tastes like the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.


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Chocolate Bitters / Ceramic Spoons / Luxardo Cherries

We didn’t get any pictures of us making the panna cotta, as the process is not overly photogenic, but we got some great ones of the finished results. If you don’t feel like making the brandied cherries (although we know of no reason why you wouldn’t want to!) you can use any fruit you would like.  We have included an alternative to the cherries in the recipe below.





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Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail



Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail


    Panna Cotta
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon or whiskey
  • Chocolate bitters


    For the Panna Cotta
  1. Pour 1/4 cup milk into a small bowl, sprinkle with gelatin.
  2. Let stand until it is soft, about 15 minutes.
  3. Combine the remaining milk, cream and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is at a simmer.
  4. Add gelatin mixture to saucepan, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
  5. Remove from the heat, stir in bourbon, and add 4 dashes of bitters.
  6. Divide into 2 serving dishes.
  7. Chill until set (can take up to 6 hours).


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27 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail

  1. Looks decadent and divine indeed! I don’t drink or use any alcohol, although I can imagine how smooth and luscious this would be to the palate. And as a cherry lover, yum, yum…

  2. Your blog is beautiful! I love the photography. This looks AMAZING. I have always wanted to try making panna cotta and thought it would be too hard. Looks do-able to me and the topping WOW. Thank you for the recipe!

      1. It is chilling in the fridge right now (just put it in about five minute ago)! The grocery store only had Rainier cherries, so they won’t be as dark, but if I did it right hopefully they’ll be as delicious LOL! Will let you know how it turns out.

          1. Really good. Next time dark cherries for sure. I think the Rainier were a little too sweet for the whiskey and bitters. The panna cotta itself was perfect. I can’t believe I made panna cotta LOL! Thanks again for the recipe. I shared this on my Twitter and my Facebook pages and tagged your pages. 🙂

          2. I am glad you liked it! Now the next thing to try to really take it out of this world is to take some of those cherries and make the brandied cherry recipe and use those instead of doing the bourbon soaked cherries. They get such a depth of flavor that gets really intense. So glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing and letting us know you liked it!

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