Charred Orange Whiskey

This Charred Orange Whiskey drink is my twist on the classic Old Fashioned. The flavor that you get from the charred orange slice is amazing!


I’m always trying to think of ways I can take standard drinks and give them a different taste when I work on posts for Food Fanatic. I can’t just give them the same ol’ cocktail that everyone knows how to make. The oldies are definitely the good ones – not to be misunderstood – but everyone likes something new once in a while.

One of the standard cocktails that everyone knows and loves is an Old Fashioned. I know it’s a big hit with my family and friends – everyone seems to enjoy them. Muddled orange, bitters, a sugar cube and bourbon. And don’t forget the cherry for garnish.

This Charred Orange Whiskey is my spin on the flavors of an old fashioned cocktail but using some different flavors like ginger liquor and sherry instead of bitters and a sugar cube.

Although I for one am a big fan of cocktails with bitters I know that not everyone is. Bitters can be, well, bitter tasting and if you’re not into that flavor then you’re probably not going to be into an old fashioned.

The ginger liquor gives this drink a little bit of bite that it needs but not as harsh of a flavor as bitters can add and the sherry adds a slight sweetness in place of the sugar cube.

But this drink called for a certain type of garnish – and I’m all about the garnish. I took a slice of orange, dipped it in sugar on both sides and caramelized it in a cast iron pan. You don’t have to use a cast iron pan, just use a non-stick pan that you can get nice and hot.

The orange floats on top of this Charred Orange Whiskey and infuses the drink with orange flavors. You can smell the orange when you take every sip and it’s pretty rock star if I do say so myself.

Try this Charred Orange Whiskey even if you think you don’t like an Old Fashioned, or even if you think you don’t like to drink whiskey. This one is going to change your mind!


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Charred Orange Whiskey cocktail

Charred Orange Whiskey

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1

3 ounces whiskey

1 ounce ginger liquor

3/4 ounce sherry

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Orange slices, for garnish

Granulated sugar, for garnish


Coat an orange slice in sugar on both sides. Place the orange slice in a dry, non stick skillet over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until browned on both sides.

Add the cocktail ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until blended. Strain into a low ball glass with ice and garnish with the orange slice.

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

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2 Responses
  1. Kate | Food Babbles

    Love this spin on a classic cocktail. I adore ginger and that charred orange slice, it’s all calling my name. Definitely giving this a try soon!

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