Black Walnut Old Fashioned

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Johnny Swet, cocktail consultant at The Skylark, credits the Old Fashioned’s simple formula for making the drink so easy to manipulate: “It’s two ounces bourbon, half an ounce of simple syrup and bitters,” he says. “So, if you switch out the simple syrup for a sweet liqueur, like the Nocello we use at The Skylark, it works perfectly.”

Swet says the benefit of using Nocello over another liqueur is that its roasted nutty flavor “brings out the notes from the barrel aging in the bourbon.” The result is similar to booze-infused candied walnuts—but so much easier to make (and, frankly, more delicious).

Black Walnut Old Fashioned



  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .5 oz Nocello Walnut Liqueur
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Twist


Step one

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.

Step two

Stir until chilled.

Step three

Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube and garnish with an orange twist.

Contributed by Johnny Swet