Pine Old Fashioned – A Whiskey Cocktail

A close up shot of a Pine Old Fashioned Cocktail in a crystal rocks glass on a wooden bar top.

A Pine Old Fashioned perfect for the winter season!



This Pine Old Fashioned is another in a group of twists on classic cocktails. We love a good Old Fashioned, which is one of the simplest cocktails, made with sugar, whiskey and bitters. That simplicity makes them perfect for changing to easily fit the season, or whatever mood you are in!



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A rocks glass filled with a Pine Old Fashioned and a clear sphere of ice on a bar top.



Old Fashioned Cocktail

We’ve been on a real Old Fashioned kick recently, with both of us choosing an Old Fashioned as our go to drink when we want to relax and sip on a cocktail! Leah and I love being seasonal, and with winter on its way, we wanted another winter Old Fashioned. Of course we have made holiday cocktails before, like our Christmas Old Fashioned! This Pine Old Fashioned will be perfect for all winter long and especially during the holiday season!




A rocks glass filled with a Pine Old Fashioned cocktail and a clear ice ball on a bar top.




We started out by making some pine simple syrup. Pine Simple Syrup you say? It’s not a strong syrup, so don’t think you are going to have some kind of Pine-sol cleaner flavored cocktail. We used it in this Gin and Tonic, too! It’s very subtle pine flavor that works well with the sweet caramel flavors found in many bourbons.



In this case, we used Heritage Distilling’s Elk Rider Bourbon, which has a nice hint of honey and brown sugar with a finish full of cinnamon spice. The combination of pine and the hints of honey and cinnamon work well. The flavor of the bourbon paired nicely and when combined definitely feels like the holidays!  






What about Bitters?

With only three ingredients making up an Old Fashioned, one of the most critical parts of any Old Fashioned is the Bitters Set. What are bitters? Originally, many bitters were formulated as medicines. Bitters are full of herbs, botanicals, bark, spices and sometimes even fruit which usually resulted in a mix with a bitter flavor.



Today, rather than medicines, bitters are like the salt and pepper of the cocktail world. Bitters are a way to add a concentrated flavor that can bring out and enhance flavors that might otherwise be hidden. A couple of dashes of bitters added to a cocktail can transform a drink.




A hand cut crystal rocks glass filled with a Pine Old Fashioned with a clear sphere of ice and a pine branch garnish on a bar top.




With the Pine Old Fashioned being a winter and holiday cocktail, we decided to go with a bitters that would bring a little bit of that baking spice to the cocktail. No bitters do that better than one of the originals, Angostura Bitters. Full of warm baking spices and just a hint of bittersweet herbal notes, Angostura Bitters was the perfect counterpart to the sweet pine and the caramel notes of the bourbon.




A rocks glass filled with a Pine Old Fashioned and a clear sphere of ice on a bar top and garnsished with a pine branch sits in front of a bunch of spirits bottles.



Cheers to this Winter Cocktail

The Pine Old Fashioned is a great sipping cocktail, great for sipping next to a fireplace when there is a blanket of snow on the ground or for enjoying as a holiday cocktail! We hope you enjoy! Also, check out the pine syrup in this Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider Cocktail!







Other Pine Cocktails

Muddled Pine –

Evergreen Cocktail – Pass the Sushi

Christmas Cocktail – Modern Wifestyle

Black Lodge – Miss Kitchen Witch

Virginia Pine Cocktail – Lauren Lane



Yield: 1

Pine Old Fashioned - A Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A Winter version of the classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned. This one uses pine syrup for a winter flavor.


For the Old Fashioned

  • .75 oz pine simple syrup
  • aromatic bitters
  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey

Pine Simple Syrup

  • pine needles (can stay on stem) about 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine simple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a rocks glass.
  2. Top with bourbon and large ice cube.
  3. Garnish with pine branches.
  4. Cheers!


Make sure to use cleaned pine needles.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210 Sodium: 15mg Carbohydrates: 17.9g Sugar: .1g



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