Strawberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

A fruity twist on a classic cocktail. This strawberry old fashioned is a summery version of the drink you know and love.

strawberry old fashioned on wooden cutting board
you can find these cocktail glasses on Amazon, here

Why this recipe works

When you’re trying to add fruit flavor to a drink and you’re starting with fresh fruit, there are two common methods: make a fruit syrup, or puree in the food processor. These both work, but they are a bit of a hassle and are best when you’re mixing up drinks for a crowd (like blackberry sweet tea or strawberry pineapple cocktails).

If you just want one deliciously fruity bourbon drink, what to do? Easy! This recipe just has you mix ups strawberries and sugar and strain out the solids with a mesh strainer. You’ll need to wait a few minutes to help the berries and sugar blend, but there’s no annoying blending or boiling.

Once you strain the strawberry syrup you’re almost done.

What you’ll need

wooden cutting boar with fresh strawberries, an orange, sugar, bitters, and bourbon


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


  • orange peel
  • 1 strawberry sliced in half

Everything Else

  • an old fashioned has a glass named after it: the old fashioned glass, aka 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 easily get the strawberry syrup right in the glass.

Step by step old fashioned

Make the Syrup

mixing strawberries and sugar, then straining through mesh strainer
find a smaller strainer like this here

When you’re mixing the strawberries and sugar, be sure to give them enough time to macerate to get the most juice with the least effort. Just set them aside and go get out the rest of your ingredients.

Press them through the strainer directly into your glass but not too hard or you’ll get fruit bits in your old fashioned. Just discard the solids; they aren’t good for much.

Add the bourbon, bitters, and ice

rocks glass showing strawberry syrup on bottom and bourbon layer on top

Now everything else goes in. Add the bourbon, bitters, water, and ice. Mix it up until everything is cold.

Garnish and enjoy

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

Add the orange peel and a fresh strawberry right on top. Cute, right?

I prefer to wait a bit until the the ice melts a little but you might be braver than me.


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


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


  • orange peel
  • 1 strawberry sliced in half


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


Try serving with a sugared rim.
Find more summertime cocktail recipes here.

Enjoy your drink!

Strawberry Old Fashioned Cocktail

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