This is a new twist on an old fashioned–a cocktail that typically consists of bourbon, orange peel, bitters, and cherry.
- 2 oz brewed black tea
- 3/4 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 oz pure maple syrup (or agave syrup)
- 2-4 dashes of aromatic bitters (Fee Brothers or similar)
- Orange peel & Luxardo maraschino cherry, for garnish
Brew the black tea ahead of time, letting it chill until it’s time to make your drinks.
In a double old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes (or one large cube) and add the tea. In a shaker, add the cranberry juice, orange juice, syrup, and bitters. Gently shake to mix. Strain the mixture into your glass with tea. Express the orange peel over the drink to release its essential oils, then use it to garnish the drink. Add cherries as desired. Serve immediately and enjoy.
Ideas to Modify:
To enhance the flavor and complexity of the mocktail, you could try infusing the black tea with some herbs or spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, or cardamom, before mixing it with the other ingredients. Or, consider using a different type of juice, such as pomegranate or grapefruit juice, to replace the cranberry juice, which can add a unique flavor to the drink. Instead of using maple syrup, you could try using honey or a honey syrup, which can add a floral note to the mocktail. To give the drink a smoky flavor that’s reminiscent of a traditional Old Fashioned, you could try using lapsang souchong tea instead of black tea, which has a smoky flavor due to its drying process over pine wood fires.
This non-alcoholic Old Fashioned has a fruity, sweet-tart flavor with a slightly bitter finish. The black tea is used instead of bourbon, giving the cocktail a rich taste in lieu of the alcohol. The unsweetened cranberry juice provides a tart fruity flavor, the orange juice provides a citrus flavor, and the maple syrup balances the flavors with sweetness and dark sugar notes. The bitters provide an aromatic quality that is typical of an Old Fashioned.