Blackberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

This blackberry old fashioned cocktail combines fresh summer berries with a classic cocktail recipe for a twist on one of your favorite drinks.

blackberry old fashioned cocktaill in rocks glass

Why you’ll love this recipe

In short: it’s easy and it’s different without being weird. You don’t need to make a simple syrup, you don’t need to use any type of blending contraption, and you can make them one at a time.

If you don’t like bourbon, you probably won’t love this recipe. It’s still a strong cocktail. But if you do, give it a try. Let’s get started.

What you’ll Need

wooden board with bottle of bourbon, whole orange, basket of blueberries, sugar



  • orange peel
  • one whole blackberry

Everything Else

  • Did you know there’s a glass called the old fashioned glass? You might also find it called the rocks glass. (Here is the set I used.). You can use whatever you want, of course.
  • You’ll want a small mesh strainer so you can strain the blackberries right in.

Let’s make some drinks

Tips for making the syrup

2 images showing sugared blackberries and mesh strainer over glass

To get a nice blackberry syrup, the easiest way is to mix blackberries and sugar and just give them a little time to sit. After a few minutes of sitting at room temperature, the berries will become juicy and you won’t have to work so hard to get a delicious syrup. And the easy way is the best, isn’t it?

Once the berries are juicy, just place your little mesh strainer over the rocks glass, pour everything in, and press gently until the syrup is in the cup. Don’t press too hard or you’ll get fruit bits in your drink.

The final steps

bitter being poured into glass with boubon, ice, and blackberry syrup

There’s not much left to do at this point. Just add the remaining ingredients and stir. Garnish however you’d like. A nice orange peel and a whole blackberry is a nice touch. Make sure everything is thoroughly mixed and and cold before you drink.

overhead view show blackberry and orange peel garnish in old fashioned glass

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the recipe

close view of old fashioned cocktail with blackberries

Blackberry Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

A summer drink that just takes a few minutes to mix up. You'll love the blackberry syrup for how easy it is to make and how it changes your cocktail into something sweeter.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 1 drink


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 blackberries large
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • orange peel
  • 1 blackberry


  • Combine the blackberries and sugar in a small bowl and set aside at room temperature for five minutes to become juicy. Press through a mesh strainer directly into a rocks glass. Discard any berry solids.
  • Add ice to a rocks glass. Pour in bourbon, bitters, and water. Mix gently. Garnish with orange peel and a whole fresh strawberry. Serve.


For a milder drink, allow to the ice to melt a bit and dilute the alcohol.
Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Enjoy your drink!

Blackberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

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