Mix together a peanut butter old fashioned cocktail with this Skrewball whiskey drink recipe. With only 5 ingredients, you can create this classic cocktail with a twist.
If you're a fan of the classic old fashioned cocktail, you have to try this modern version.
With flavors of peanut butter, cinnamon, and bourbon, this is the perfect cocktail during the cold months of fall and winter.
This Skrewball whiskey recipe stretches your imagination about how peanut butter whiskey can be used in a cocktail. You have to try sipping on this unique old fashioned recipe. You won't be disappointed!
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
By making this Skrewball whiskey old fashioned, you'll learn a few bartender tips such as:
- The benefit of using large ice cubes in spirit-forward cocktails.
- How to express an orange peel.
- A simple recipe for making homemade cinnamon simple syrup.
If you're interested in learning more beginner basics about the most popular types of whiskey, check out this liquor 101 video series on YouTube.
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Ingredients You Need
You'll notice in this Skrewball whiskey recipe that some elements of the old fashioned are traditional while others are unique.
- Bourbon: Bourbon is a type of U.S. whiskey made mainly from corn. If you're interesting in learning more about bourbon and other types of whiskey, check out my whiskey 101 post. For this recipe, you're welcome to use your favorite brand of Bourbon.
- Peanut butter whiskey: There are many brands of peanut butter whiskey available including Bird Dog, Sqrrl, Skatter Brain, Honest Truth, and more. However, my personal favorite is Skrewball.
- Cinnamon simple syrup: Rather than using a sugar cube like is traditional in most old fashioned recipes, I've opted for cinnamon simple syrup. I think it pairs nicely with the peanut butter whiskey, and it adds a perfect touch of spice. If you're interested in making a homemade version of this simple syrup, check out the recipe notes below.
- Aromatic bitters: We're keeping this traditional element in order to balance out the flavor of the cocktail.
- Orange peel: Don't forget to express and garnish with an orange peel. It really helps finish off the drink in an elegant way.
How To Make This Recipe
Part of the reason I love this peanut butter whiskey old fashioned is the simplicity of the drink. Here's how to make this cocktail:
1. Add a large ice cube to a lowball glass. Pour bourbon, peanut butter whiskey, and cinnamon simple syrup into the glass.
2. Add in two dashes of aromatic bitters. You can think of bitters like salt for your cocktail. They help round out the flavors and give balance to the drink.
3. Using a bar spoon, stir the cocktail together.
4. Finally, express the oil of an orange peel over the glass. To do this, use a vegetable peeler to slice off a long peel of the orange.
Hold the peel over the glass and twist it to release the oil in the peel. This is a great technique that bartenders use to add additional flavor.
Drop the peel in for an easy cocktail garnish. Then, serve up this delicious Skrewball on the rocks drink.
- Ever wondered why you stir an old fashioned instead of shake it? Cocktails composed fully of spirits should generally be stirred to minimize the amount of dilution. You want the liquor to be the pronounced flavor in the cocktail, rather than having it diluted from ice.
- Make sure to use a large ice cube in this Skrewball old fashioned. This prevents too much water from diluting the drink.
- Feel free to adjust the sweetness of the cocktail by adding more or less simple syrup depending on your preference.
Of course! Feel free to add more or less cinnamon simple syrup according to your personal taste preference.
A large ice cube is nice because it doesn't melt as quickly, giving you more of the pure flavor of the cocktail. This is popular in many alcohol-forward cocktails. You can purchase large ice cube trays for a reasonable price.
However, in a pinch, you're welcome to use regular freezer ice. Keep in mind that it will dilute the drink quicker than a large ice cube.
This is a fancy term that means to squeeze an orange peel over your cocktail. To do this technique, use a vegetable peeler to slice off a long piece of the orange peel. Hold the peel over the glass then bend the peel to release as much oil as possible. Make sure not to break the peel in half so you can use it as a garnish.
This bartender technique gives you a unique drinking experience. You will be able to smell the orange as you bring the glass close to your nose as well as get a punch of flavor when you sip.
Yes, you can absolutely use simple syrup instead of a sugar cube. I prefer to use simple syrup because the sugar has already been dissolved, leaving fewer concerns about having a gritty texture in the old fashioned.
More Peanut Butter Whiskey Recipes
If you loved this peanut butter whiskey old fashioned, try some of my other favorite Skrewball drink recipes.
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Skrewball Old Fashioned (5 Ingredients)
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1 ounce peanut butter whiskey
- ⅛ ounce (¾ teaspoon) cinnamon simple syrup
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- orange peel for garnish
- Place a large ice cube in a lowball glass.
- Add in bourbon, peanut butter whiskey, cinnamon simple syrup, and bitters. Stir with a bar spoon to combine.
- Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in for garnish.
I've made quite a few of the Skrewball recipes on this website and they never disappoint! Really glad I tried this one too. I very unique (and fall like) take on an old fashioned.