Old Fashioned Mocktail 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 Mocktail is a non-alcoholic twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, which dates back to the early 1800s. This timeless drink has been enjoyed by many generations and is often considered the 'grandfather' of cocktails. The Old Fashioned Mocktail is perfect for those who want to enjoy the rich flavors of the original, without the alcohol.

  • Originated in the early 1800s
  • Considered the 'grandfather' of cocktails
  • Perfect for non-drinkers or designated drivers

How Old Fashioned Mocktail Tastes?

The Old Fashioned Mocktail has a rich, complex, and slightly sweet taste with a hint of bitterness. The flavors of orange, cherry, and aromatic bitters blend harmoniously, creating a well-rounded and satisfying mocktail.

Interesting facts about Old Fashioned Mocktail

  • The Old Fashioned cocktail was originally made with whiskey, sugar, water, and bitters
  • The Old Fashioned Mocktail can be easily customized with different fruit garnishes or flavored syrups
  • The Old Fashioned is often considered the first documented cocktail


Orange slice

The orange slice adds a fresh and slightly tart citrus flavor, essential for the fruity undertones of the mocktail. It's muddled to release the juices and oils. Without it, the mocktail might feel less vibrant and lacking zesty notes. A lemon slice could be used as an alternative for a sharper taste.

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Maraschino cherry

This cherry brings sweetness and a hint of almond-like flavor. It provides a contrasting color and taste to the citruses. If skipped, you'd lose some depth in sweetness. A raspberry could serve as an alternative for a more tangy and aromatic touch.

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Sugar cube

The sugar cube is key for sweetness and balances the bitters. It dissolves slowly, allowing you to control the sweetness as you stir. If too much is used, the drink would be overly sweet; too little, and it might be too bitter. A splash of simple syrup could replace it for quicker dissolution.

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Angostura bitters

A mocktail's whisper of complexity, Angostura bitters offer a bouquet of spices and herbs. A vital component for the 'Old Fashioned' character, without them, the drink would be rather flat. Alternative bitters could be experimented with for different herbal profiles.

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Club soda

Club soda brings effervescence and helps to dilute the mocktail, making it more refreshing. It also assists in blending the flavors gently. Flat water could be utilized for a less lively mocktail, but you might miss the refreshing fizz.

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Orange peel

The orange peel garnish introduces a bright aroma and adds to the visual appeal. The oils expressed over the mocktail enhance the citrus notes. Skipping it wouldn't ruin the drink, but you'd miss out on an aromatic experience. Lemon peel could be a zesty alternative.

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A cherry and an orange slice garnish not only makes the drink look appealing but also enhances its overall flavor profile and aroma. It's the final touch that also provides a sweet treat at the end of the sipping experience.

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Recipe. How to make Old Fashioned Mocktail Drink

  1. In a rocks glass, muddle the orange slice, cherry, and sugar cube
  2. Add the Angostura bitters and a splash of club soda
  3. Fill the glass with ice
  4. Top with the remaining club soda
  5. Stir gently to combine
  6. Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry

Pro Tips

  • Use a large ice cube or sphere to minimize dilution
  • Experiment with different garnishes to add a personal touch
  • For a more intense flavor, let the muddled ingredients sit for a few minutes before adding ice and club soda

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Platter: An assortment of mild cheeses, like brie or gouda, will pair nicely with the mocktail without overpowering the delicate flavors.
  • Smoked Salmon: The smoky flavor complements the citrus notes in the mocktail.
  • Charcuterie: Choose a selection of prosciutto or salami to balance the sweet and bitter elements of the drink.
  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of dark chocolate will contrast beautifully with the brightness of the mocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Beer or Beverage Pairings

  • Ginger Ale: Provides a spiced complement to the mocktail.
  • Iced Tea: Opt for an unsweetened or lightly sweetened tea to maintain the balance.
  • Coffee: A light roast can be a surprisingly good pairing, especially during brunch hours.

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What you could change in Old Fashioned Mocktail

  • Replace sugar cube with simple syrup or agave nectar
  • Use flavored bitters or a different type of non-alcoholic bitters
  • Substitute club soda with tonic water or ginger ale for a different taste

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Spiced Orange Mocktail

  • Add a cinnamon stick and cloves along with the muddling step.
  • Replace Angostura bitters with spiced bitters. This version offers a cozy, warm twist perfect for colder seasons. The aromatic spices will play nicely with the citrus, giving it a festive touch.

Herbal Old Fashioned Mocktail

  • Use a sprig of rosemary or thyme instead of an orange peel garnish.
  • Infuse the club soda with lavender or chamomile before adding. An herbal touch could transform this mocktail into a more sophisticated, garden-party-worthy concoction, with a delightful floral nose and an earthy undertone.

Tropical Old Fashioned Mocktail

  • Muddle in a slice of pineapple with the orange and cherry.
  • Use coconut water in place of club soda. If you're yearning for a mocktail that screams 'vacation in a glass,' this tropical twist will transport you to sandy beaches with its sweet, island-inspired flavors.

In case you forgot basics how to make Old Fashioned Mocktail

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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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Old Fashioned Mocktail

Is this Mocktail good for all occasions?

Yes, the Old Fashioned Mocktail is suitable for all occasions and can be served at dinner parties, casual get-togethers, or during festive seasons.

Can I use fresh fruit instead of a Maraschino cherry?

Yes, you can substitute the Maraschino cherry with any fresh cherries available.

Can this be turned into a cocktail if I desire?

Yes, you can add your preferred spirit to turn it into a cocktail. Traditionally, bourbon or rye whiskey is used.

How can I make a large batch for a party?

You can easily multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need. Serve it in a punch bowl or drink dispenser with ice on the side.

Can I make this Mocktail ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the major ingredients ahead of time. However, it's best to add the club soda just before serving to preserve the fizziness.

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