Cardamom Old Fashioned

Elena North-Kelly

Managing Editor, James Beard Foundation

A subtle riff on the classic Old Fashioned, this version uses maple syrup in lieu of standard sugar, while handmade cardamom bitters step in for the more traditional Angostura variety, creating a warm, fragrant antidote to winter doldrums.


2 ounces rye whiskey
15 to 20 drops Bob’s Cardamom Bitters
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
Orange twist, for garnish


Pour the first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker. 

Add ice and stir until thoroughly chilled.

Strain the mixture into a rocks glass, over ice. 

Garnish with an orange twist, and enjoy.


1 cocktail