A butter pecan twist on a classic old fashioned? Yes please! This is the perfect colder weather cocktail to enjoy after an afternoon spent outside. This bourbon based drink features a homemade pecan-infused simple syrup that even includes a touch of real butter. The addition of the butter is what really gives this syrup that rich, creamy and familiar flavour of butter pecan ice cream. But, don’t discard those pecans when you are done making the syrup. Enjoy them over a scoop of vanilla ice cream as an added treat. Lastly, this versatile syrup tastes amazing in espresso too!
Butter Pecan-Infused Simple Syrup
For the simple syrup, in a saucepan over medium heat whisk together the water, sugar and pecans.
Bring to a gentle simmer and continue stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Remove from heat and whisk in the butter.
Let mixture stand for 15 minutes before straining.
Set aside at room temperature until ready to use.
To build the old fashioned, add the simple syrup, bitters and one orange peel to a rocks glass.
Muddle to release the flavours of the orange.
Fill glass with large ice cubes followed by the bourbon and water.
Stir to combine. Garnish with remaining orange peel and enjoy!