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Rose and Cardamom Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail

What to mix with Bourbon Whiskey for a Warming Cocktail?

Cardamom obviously! The subtle heating notes of the cardamom spice complement the complexities found in bourbon beautifully. Bourbon Whiskey is in it’s self a warming sipper, heating the throat as it goes down. This spicey combination in this Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe is cooled with a cut of fresh orange twist and a splash of floral rose water.

In a Cocktail, Cuisine Pinch...

While throwing together my mothers recent, small birthday party I wanted to surprise her with take out Indian food. When asked what she would like to drink, she enthusiastically stated, “bourbon!” I was left trying to figure out how to serve a bourbon cocktail that would match an Indian themed dinner filled with the flavors of curries, tikka masalas and samosa.

I opened up my cabinet and got to work mixing and tasting. The combination of rose water and bourbon seemed like an unlikely match. Adding a homemade cardamom simple syrup to the mix, spiced this cocktail up and added much needed nuance to pair with the spicy, aromatic entrees. A splash of rose water brought out the floral notes of the bourbon splendidly and everyone was surprised and delighted by the combination. This drink has quickly become a most requested favorite in my home.

Don’t let the light bouquet of roses on the nose fool you, this Old Fashioned still packs a powerful, alcoholic punch despite all of its flowery overtones.

Find my Cardamom Simple Syrup Recipe Here....

Rose water is a has a slight taste and a highly floral smell and is used routinely in Indian cooking.  A  rub of fresh orange twist inside the glass coats the cocktail with a citrus kick. Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy!

Rose Water Scented, Cardamom Old Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail

A Cardamom Bourbon Old Fashioned with a splash of Rose Water, highly scented, nicely spiced
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Resting Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails, Indian, scandinavian
Servings 1 people


  • 1 Low Ball Glass


  • 1 Slice orange twist
  • 1 ounces Bourbon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom Simple Syrup See Recipe link, located below
  • 1 Teaspoon Rose water


  • Over a low ball glass, twist orange rind; releasing it’s citrus oils, rub citrus peel on inside of glass. Add ice cubes to glass.
  • Add Bourbon, cardamom simple syrup and stir lightly. Top off with rose water and enjoy!


Here is a link to my Cardamom Simple Syrup Recipe
Legent Bourbon is my preferred choice here, it has a nice bouquet due to aging in wine casks, follow link below to learn more and locate:
Keyword bourbon old fashioned, cardamom, cardamom bourbon martini, cocktails, indian, rose water, what to mix with bourbon

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