Jo Marchs’ Old Fashioned Cocktail

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If you’re looking for a delicious and sophisticated cocktail to enjoy, look no further than an old fashioned cocktail. This drink is simple to make but packs a lot of flavor. 

The first person to come to mind to carry an old fashioned drink so suave is of course, Jo March. Little Women was the first book that immediately came to mind with this delicious drink. The exquisite old fashioned flavor paired with this book is absolute perfection.

Read on for the full recipe as well as why I believe Little Women is the best book to dedicate to this drink.

Why You’ll Love This Old Fashioned Cocktail With Little Women

Jo March is an incredibly well-written character in my opinion. I loved Little Women before I saw the recent film, and love it even more now. It’s one of those classics that pair well when read in the winter surrounded by family.

Afterall, it’s a story about the power of sisterhood. This drink was definitely one I knew I had to pair with Jo March because just like her the flavors of inspiration, sweet and spicy in an Old Fashioned is how I would describe Jo. 

This combination of flavors made her beloved by her sisters, Laurie, and many others in this fantastic classic.

Equipment Needed To Make Your Old Fashioned Cocktail

When I say easy-peasy I mean it! Especially with this drink.

  1. Blender – The Nutribullet is a personal favorite of mine!
  2. Juicer if you prefer fresh juice 
  3. Cutting Board & Kitchen Knife
  4. Reusable ziplock bags for any extra fruit

Ingredients For Your Old Fashioned Cocktail

  1. 2 oz bourbon
  2. 1 oz Gingerbread simple syrup  
    1. Water
    2. Sugar
    3. Molasses
    4. Cinnamon
    5. Ginger (Root or Spice)
  3. 1 oz bitters

How To Make A Old Fashioned Cocktail

  1. Gingerbread syrup: ¼ cup water, ¼ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon molasses, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ginger (root or spice)
  2. Dissolve all ingredients together and simmer together for ~5 minutes. 
  3. Allow to cool before making the drink. 
  4. In a glass, add bitters and simple syrup and mix together. 
  5. Pour over bourbon 
  6. Add a large ice cube

What to Serve/Pair with Your Old Fashioned Cocktail

One of the best foods to pair with Old Fashioned Cocktails is chocolate. So, let’s dive into some chocolate themed recipes to pair with this drink.

This delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe!

This old fashioned chocolate fudge recipe

A triple chocolate cake recipe!

Other Books & Drink Pairings You’ll Love

Here are some of my absolute favorite book and drink pairings!

Mango Mocktail Inspired By Fable 

Strawberry Henessy Inspired By Red, White & Royal Blue

Winter Moscow Mule Inspired By Harry Potter

Spiked Hot Chocolate & A Mystery Book

Old Fashioned Cocktail FAQ

What Is The Difference Between A Manhattan And Old Fashioned

While an Old Fashioned is made with whiskey, bitters & sugar – a Manhattan is typically made with rye whiskey and vermouth

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