Coffee Old-Fashioned Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 12, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine and Cocktail shaker and strainer.

In the world of cocktails, the Old-Fashioned has stood the test of time. Its wide appeal lies in the fact that the drink is not so complicated that you miss any of its flavors. What better way to spice up a classic than by taking another classic (coffee) and adding it to the mix? The coffee Old-Fashioned is as simple as making a regular Old-Fashioned and adding coffee or espresso.

I think espresso is best, as it provides a more well-rounded taste.



  • 2 ounces espresso or coffee
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Ice, for serving
  • Dash chocolate bitters


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the espresso and brown sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves
  • Add the bourbon and a dash of chocolate bitters and stir to combine
  • Add ice and stir for 15 seconds
  • Fill a rocks glass with ice and strain the drink over the ice

Recipe Tip

For presentation, place a lemon slice on top of the drink. It will also add a little bit of sour flavor!

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