Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting the Perfect Strawberry Old Fashioned

Strawberry Old Fashioned Cocktail is a fruity twist on a classic cocktail perfect for summertime sipping! If you’re in the mood for a deliciously fruity bourbon drink, you must mix some strawberries and sugar and strain out the solids with a mesh strainer.

So try this recipe and add a little fruity flair to your next cocktail hour!

old fashioned with ice and fresh strawberry on top

Strawberry Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

A strawberry syrup that's quick and simple plus the classic flavors of bourbon, bitters, and orange peel. This cocktail recipe is perfect for a special drink without a lot of fuss.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 1 drink


  • the old fashioned glass (aka the rocks glass)
  • small mesh strainer


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 strawberries halved
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • orange peel
  • 1 strawberry sliced in half


  • Macerate the Strawberries. Combine 2 halved strawberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl. Allow them to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes. The sugar will draw out the juices from the strawberries, creating a flavorful base for your cocktail.
  • Extract the Juice. Place a mesh strainer over a rock glass. Press the macerated strawberries through the strainer to extract their juice into the glass. Be sure to discard the leftover berry solids after straining.
  • Assemble the Cocktail. Add ice to the glass to chill the strawberry juice. Then, pour 2 ounces of bourbon, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and 1 teaspoon of water over the ice. Don't forget to stir the mixture gently to combine all the flavors.
  • Garnish and Serve. For an elegant presentation, garnish with a twist of orange peel and a vertically sliced half strawberry on the rim of the glass. Before preparing the cocktail, you could rim the glass with sugar for a sweet touch. Simply rub the rim with an orange peel or strawberry slice, then dip into sugar.


For the best flavor, use ripe, in-season strawberries. They’re juicier and sweeter, enhancing the cocktail’s overall taste.
The type of bourbon you use can make all the difference. Using a smoother and higher-quality bourbon will provide a better base for your cocktail’s flavor, while using a harsher and lower-quality one can negatively impact its taste.
Before you start assembling your cocktail, try putting your rocks glass in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This will chill the glass and help keep your drink colder for longer, making every sip even more refreshing.
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Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

More Tips:

If possible, use larger ice cubes instead of smaller ones, as they melt at a slower pace, keeping your cocktail from getting overly diluted too quickly.

Avoid including too much of the white pith when preparing your orange peel since it can add bitterness to your drink. You can use a sharp peeler or knife to get a clean cut.

When pressing the strawberries through a strainer, use the back of a spoon to mash and scrape the fruit against the strainer. This technique ensures that you extract as much juice as possible, essential for flavor.

Before adding the garnish, it’s a good idea to taste the cocktail first. If it feels too strong, add a splash of water. If it’s too sweet, add a little more bourbon or a dash of bitters to balance it out.

strawberry old fashioned on wooden cutting board
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Serving Suggestions

Serve a Strawberry Old-Fashioned Cocktail with a cheese and charcuterie board, salted nuts, chocolate truffles, mini bruschetta, or smoked salmon canapés.

About the Ingredients

If you want to change things up a bit, try these easy substitutions:

  • Bourbon: Try rye whiskey or brandy instead. You can visit a well-stocked liquor store or seek advice from a knowledgeable staff member, which can be helpful. Online liquor stores are also a great resource to find a wider range of options.
  • Angostura Bitters: Swap the Angostura bitters with orange bitters for a citrusy taste or chocolate bitters for a deeper flavor. Check the cocktail mixers section of larger supermarkets and specialty food stores, or order online if you find them locally.
  • Strawberries: You can use raspberries or blackberries instead to give your drink a different berry flavor.
  • Sugar: Replace the sugar with honey or maple syrup for a natural sweetness.
wooden cutting boar with fresh strawberries, an orange, sugar, bitters, and bourbon

Remember, these substitutions can change the taste of your cocktail, but they can also help you tailor the drink to your liking.

Storage Instructions

You can make the strawberry juice beforehand and keep it in the fridge. Strain the juice and refrigerate it for 2-3 days. 

When you’re ready to serve, pour the remaining ingredients over ice. However, it’s not recommended to freeze this cocktail.

overhead view of old fashioned cocktail with orange peel and strawberry on top

We hope you enjoy making and sipping on this Strawberry Old Fashioned Cocktail. It’s a simple yet delightful twist on a classic that’s perfect for any occasion!

Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting the Perfect Strawberry Old Fashioned

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