Oakley Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

Created by

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 Oakley Fashioned is a modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. It was first crafted in the Oakley district of Cincinnati, Ohio, known for its vibrant nightlife and innovative mixology scene. This cocktail is perfect for whiskey lovers who appreciate a hint of sweetness and a touch of citrus in their drink.

How Oakley Fashioned Tastes?

The Oakley Fashioned is a robust, full-bodied cocktail. The whiskey provides a strong, smoky base, while the maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness. The orange bitters and lemon peel bring a hint of citrus, balancing out the drink and adding a refreshing finish.

Interesting facts about Oakley Fashioned

  • The Oakley Fashioned is named after the district in Cincinnati where it was first made.
  • It's a modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.
  • The addition of maple syrup instead of sugar gives it a unique, sweet flavor.



Bourbon is the backbone of this drink, providing a complex spectrum of vanilla, oak, and caramel notes. 2 oz is just the right amount to assert its presence without overwhelming the palate. Too much bourbon, and you risk turning your cocktail into a stiff slugger; too little, you might as well be sipping on spiked maple water. If bourbon isn't your thing, try rye for a spicier kick!

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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup adds a Canadian twist to the classic sweetener, bringing a rich, autumnal sweetness that complements the bourbon's heat. A 1/2 oz keeps it balanced; too much and you're brunching with pancakes, too little and you'll miss that cozy hug in a glass. Sub it out for honey or agave if you're feeling adventurous, though each will alter the drink's character.

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Orange Bitters

The orange bitters are the zesty whisper in the background, bringing a subtle citrus depth. Two dashes are plenty to play off the bourbon without turning the drink into a fruit basket. Skimp on this and you lose the complexity; douse your drink, and it might taste like an orange grove rebellion. If you fancy a change, try aromatic bitters for a more traditional flavor profile.

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Lemon Peel

A twist of lemon peel is the cocktail's flourish, releasing essential oils that provide a bright, fragrant nose and a hint of citrus to play against the darker flavors. Without it, you might not capture that refreshing afternote that cleanses the palate. No lemon peel? Orange peel could do in a pinch, but expect a sweeter, less zippy garnish.

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Ice cubes

Ice is the unsung hero, chilling this libation to perfection. It controls dilution, ensuring each sip is as smooth as the last. A rocks glass filled with ice keeps your drink cool longer, which is crucial for savoring. Forget the ice and you might have a lukewarm mess on your hands. If you prefer less dilution, opt for a large ice sphere or cube.

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Recipe. How to make Oakley Fashioned Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the bourbon, maple syrup, and orange bitters.
  3. Stir well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality bourbon for the best flavor.
    • Chill your glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing drink.
    • Stir the cocktail gently to avoid diluting the flavors.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Boards: The bold flavors of bourbon and the sweet note from the maple syrup complement the savory and salty flavors of cured meats and artisanal cheeses.
  • Smoked Almonds: A delightful crunchy snack that echoes the smoky notes of the bourbon.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue: Oaky notes from the bourbon pair beautifully with smoked meats and rich sauces.
  • Roasted Duck: The maple syrup's sweetness contrasts and enhances the gamey flavor of the duck.


  • Dark Chocolate: A square of dark chocolate could be a heavenly match for the slight bitterness of the orange bitters and the richness of the bourbon.
  • Pumpkin Pie: The spice from the pie and the sweet, comforting notes of the maple syrup are a match made in autumnal heaven.

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What you could change in Oakley Fashioned

  • Bourbon can be replaced with any other type of whiskey.
  • Maple syrup can be substituted with honey or agave syrup.
  • Orange bitters can be replaced with Angostura bitters for a more traditional taste.

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Maple-Cinnamon Oakley

  • Swap the orange bitters for cinnamon bitters to add a spicy warmth.
  • Add a cinnamon stick as garnish alongside the lemon peel. This twist will wrap you in a blanket of autumnal spices, perfect for chilly evenings.

Smoky Oakley

  • Use a smoky bourbon like a Texas-style whiskey to add a campfire note.
  • Include a small pinch of smoked salt for extra smokiness. The result is a cocktail that's reminiscent of stories told around a bonfire under the night sky.

Citrus Oakley

  • Add a splash of fresh orange juice to brighten the drink.
  • Use a grapefruit twist instead of lemon for a bittersweet edge.
  • Decorate with a sprig of rosemary for an aromatic kick. A sip of this version will transport you to a sun-drenched orchard, perfect for brunch cocktails.

In case you forgot basics how to make Oakley 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 Oakley Fashioned

How do I choose the best bourbon for this cocktail?

For the Oakley Fashioned, you'd want a high-quality bourbon that is smooth and full-bodied to compliment the other ingredients. You might want to consider small-batch bourbons or single barrel bourbons from reputable distilleries.

Can this cocktail be made in advance?

Yes, but not too much in advance. The ice would melt diluting the cocktail over time. Additionally, the citrus from the lemon peel may become overwhelming if left to infuse in the bourbon for an extended period.

What's the best way to get a twist of lemon peel?

The best way is to use a vegetable peeler or a paring knife to thinly slice a piece of the peel. Avoid peeling into the white pith underneath the lemon as it is quite bitter.

Why should I stir the cocktail and not shake?

Stirring is a gentler process than shaking and does not agitate the drink. This method prevents the drink from becoming cloudy and also retains the rich texture of the bourbon.

What type of glass should I serve the Oakley Fashioned in?

Traditionally, the Oakley Fashioned is served in a rocks glass. It's short, sturdy and ideal for cocktails served over ice.

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