Blueberry Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 19th century. It's a symbol of sophistication and has been enjoyed by many through the years. The Blueberry Old Fashioned is a modern twist on this classic, incorporating the sweet and tart flavors of blueberries to complement the depth of the whiskey.

  • Origins: The original Old Fashioned was simply a combination of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters.
  • Evolution: As cocktails became more complex, fruit garnishes were introduced. The Blueberry Old Fashioned is part of this evolution.
  • Popularity: This drink is favored by those who appreciate a classic cocktail with a fruity twist.

How Blueberry Old Fashioned Tastes?

The Blueberry Old Fashioned has a rich and smooth taste with a balance of sweet and tart from the blueberries. The whiskey provides a warm, oaky backbone, while the bitters add complexity. It's a robust cocktail with a refreshing fruity finish.

Interesting facts about Blueberry Old Fashioned

  • The Old Fashioned is often referred to as the original cocktail.
  • Blueberries are not only flavorful but also packed with antioxidants.
  • This cocktail is a perfect example of how classic drinks can be adapted to suit modern tastes.


  • Bourbon: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Blueberry syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Angostura bitters: 2dashes
  • Fresh blueberries: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Orange peel: 1
  • Ice cubes: as needed


Bourbon: The backbone of any Old Fashioned, this 2oz of liquid gold gives the cocktail its warm, rich flavor. Too much, and you'll overshadow the other elements; too little, and you'll lack that characteristic boozy hug. Without it, well, you're no longer making an Old Fashioned.

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Blueberry Syrup

Blueberry Syrup: 0.5oz provides a hint of sweetness and a burst of berry flavor that makes our Blueberry Old Fashioned special. It's a twist on the traditional sugar cube, adding depth and color. No syrup means a less complex drink, and too much could make it cloyingly sweet. If you're out, try a blackberry syrup for a different berry note.

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Angostura Bitters

Angostura Bitters: These 2 dashes are like the spice rack of the cocktail world, imparting a layer of flavors that complements the bourbon and berries perfectly. Skip these, and you lose that quintessential spiced complexity that defines an Old Fashioned. There's room to experiment with other bitters for new dimensions.

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Fresh Blueberries

Fresh Blueberries: At 1oz, they're both garnish and an integral flavor component. They add fresh, slight acidity, balancing the syrup's sweetness. Missing out on them means a less vibrant drink. Frozen blueberries could pinch-hit, but won't possess the same pop of freshness.

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Orange Peel

Orange Peel: This garnish adds a final aromatic twist, bringing bright citrus notes that elevate the drink's complexity. Leaving it out doesn't ruin the drink but does miss a layer of sensory pleasure. Lemon or grapefruit peels could offer a fun zesty alternative.

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Recipe. How to make Blueberry Old Fashioned Drink

  1. In a mixing glass, combine bourbon, blueberry syrup, and bitters.
  2. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh blueberries and a twist of orange peel.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh ice when stirring the cocktail to ensure it's properly chilled without being diluted.
  • For an extra touch of flavor, muddle a few blueberries in the glass before adding the ice.
  • Chill the rocks glass before serving to keep the cocktail colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Board

A selection of aged cheeses, such as sharp cheddar or gouda, could complement the vanilla and caramel notes of the bourbon, while a creamy blue cheese would resonate with the fruitiness of the blueberry.

Grilled Meats

The smokiness of grilled steak or pork chops would play well off the whiskey's richness and the sweetness of the blueberry syrup.


Simple desserts like vanilla bean ice cream or chocolate truffles could be a lovely contrast to the cocktail's complexity.


Consider serving with bruschetta topped with goat cheese and a blueberry reduction for a harmonious flavor connection.

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What you could change in Blueberry Old Fashioned

  • Bourbon: Can be substituted with rye whiskey for a spicier kick.
  • Blueberry Syrup: A homemade syrup can be used instead of store-bought for a more natural flavor.
  • Angostura Bitters: Orange bitters can be a good alternative if you prefer a more citrus-forward profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

Blackberry Old Fashioned

Replace blueberry syrup with blackberry syrup for a tarter, earthier twist. This variation is for those who love the dark berry notes.

Raspberry Old Fashioned

Swap out the blueberry syrup for raspberry syrup. This version would introduce a sharper sweetness and tanginess, for a refreshing twist on the classic.

Herb-Infused Old Fashioned

Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary to the mixing glass before stirring. This herby concoction offers a botanical twist that pairs wonderfully with the fruit and bourbon.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blueberry Old Fashioned

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blueberry Old Fashioned

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Blueberry Old Fashioned?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by substituting the bourbon with non-alcoholic spirits or a combination of teas that mimic the whiskey's flavor profile.

What type of ice is best to use when serving an Old Fashioned?

A large ice cube or sphere is ideal for an Old Fashioned, as it melts slower, reducing dilution and keeping the drink cold longer.

How do I know if I'm using fresh blueberries in my cocktail?

Fresh blueberries should be firm, plump, and have a vibrant blue color without any shriveling or mold.

What's the difference between blueberry syrup and blueberry liqueur?

Blueberry syrup is a sweetened blueberry-flavored syrup, while blueberry liqueur is an alcoholic beverage infused with blueberry flavor.

Can I use frozen blueberries for the garnish?

While fresh blueberries are preferred for garnish, frozen blueberries can be used if thawed properly; however, they may not look as appealing.

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