Level Up Your Next Old Fashioned With This Butter Pecan-Infused Simple Syrup

Marcella's butter pecan old fashioned
Prep Time
15 min
1 drink

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

cup water
cup granulated sugar
cup pecans, roughly chopped
Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Old Fashioned

oz quality bourbon
oz buttered pecan syrup, or to taste
orange peels, divided
oz water
dashes bitters


Butter pecan old fashioned mise en place
Step 1

For the simple syrup, in a saucepan over medium heat whisk together the water, sugar and pecans. 

Butter pecan simple syrup
Step 2

Bring to a gentle simmer and continue stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved. 

Step 3

Remove from heat and whisk in the butter. 

Step 4

Let mixture stand for 15 minutes before straining. 

Butter pecan simple syrup having pecans strained
Step 5

Set aside at room temperature until ready to use. 

Step 6

To build the old fashioned, add the simple syrup, bitters and one orange peel to a rocks glass.

Step 7

Muddle to release the flavours of the orange. 

Muddling ingredients for a butter pecan old fashioned
Step 8

Fill glass with large ice cubes followed by the bourbon and water. 

Step 9

Stir to combine. Garnish with remaining orange peel and enjoy!

Butter pecan old fashioned

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