Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail – A Whiskey Dessert

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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.








Old Fashioned Panna Cotta in a glass with brandied cherries, white spoons and cherries




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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 spoons

Chocolate 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 cherries



What 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
Yield: 2

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!


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 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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Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail - brandied cherries, bourbon, gelatin with milk and cream, chocolate bitters




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26 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Panna Cotta Dessert Cocktail – A Whiskey Dessert

  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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