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Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail – A Whiskey Dessert

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Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Leah Hall

An easy boozy dessert, this one hits all the flavors of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, but in Panna Cotta form.


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.

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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.  So we topped it with a mixture of brandied cherries. This is a combination of cherries, sugar and bitters, sort of a fruit preserves that makes for a boozy topping.


Panna Cotta

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. We topped it with our own homemade Brandied Cherries.

Old Fashioned Cocktail Panna Cottas in wine glasses, bitters and bourbon bottle in background with white spoonsChocolate Bitters / Ceramic Spoons / Luxardo Cherries

We didn’t get any pictures of us making the panna cotta. 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.  There are also Luxardo Cherries that you can use!

Old Fashioned Cocktail Panna Cottas in wine glasses, bitters and bourbon bottle in background with white spoons. Topped with cherriesWhat Ingredients are Needed for the Old Fashioned Panna Cotta?

  • Brandied Cherries
  • Gelatin
  • Milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Bourbon
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate Bitters

Old Fashioned Panna Cotta in glasses with brandied cherries and white spoons

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Old Fashioned Panna Cotta in glasses with brandied cherries and white spoons
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Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail - A Whiskey Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Set Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

A great boozy dessert that is perfectly cool and refreshing. This panna cotta dessert is topped with cherries!


  • 1 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon or whiskey
  • chocolate bitters
  • brandied cherries


Pour 1/4 cup milk into a small bowl, sprinkle with gelatin.

Let stand until it is soft, about 15 minutes.

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.

Add gelatin mixture to saucepan, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.

Remove from the heat, stir in bourbon, and add 4 dashes of bitters.

Divide into 2 serving dishes.

Chill until set (can take up to 6 hours).

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 29.7gSaturated Fat: 18.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 29.9gFiber: 0gSugar: 28.3gProtein: 8g

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Life With Lorelai

Friday 3rd of July 2015

YUM’d and Stumbled! This looks delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai

The 'Noms.

Friday 3rd of July 2015

Thanks so much! We will check it out!

Brian Jones

Sunday 28th of June 2015

I made a panna cotta a while back and went with strawberry as the side flavour but whisky and cherry sounds heavenly!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 28th of June 2015

It really was fantastic! It was a dessert and cocktail all in one!

Delia Rusu (@happyblogplaza)

Monday 18th of May 2015

Yum, this looks so delicious! I remember my mom used to make a cherry liquor with sour cherries. Those would be perfect to use in this recipe I think :)

The 'Noms.

Monday 18th of May 2015

That sounds like it would be delicious! Yummy!

Lisa H

Monday 18th of May 2015

Wow! This looks incredible and can't wait to try it out!!

The 'Noms.

Monday 18th of May 2015

Let us know how it turns out if you make it!


Friday 15th of May 2015

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!

The 'Noms.

Friday 15th of May 2015

Thanks so much! Let us know if you try it!

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