Haunted Old Fashioned

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The elegant Old Fashioned is always a perfect cocktail to sip during happy hour, especially if you prefer your first drink of the evening to be a stiff one. But there’s nothing wrong with adding a fun twist to a serious libation, especially if it incorporates a lively seasonal ingredient. This variation from Arley Marks of New York’s Dimes not only calls for an easy-to-make pumpkin syrup, but Marks also serves the drink in a hollowed-out mini pumpkin. Serve it to kick off a dinner party or a fall weekend getaway—or overshadow the roast turkey at Thanksgiving. If you don’t have the time or patience to carve a pumpkin into a glass, a lowball will do just fine.

Sweet, Dry


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .75 oz pumpkin syrup
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 2 orange peels
  • soda water
  • Candy corn


Step one

Express orange peels into a shaker tin and drop in.

Step two

Add bourbon, pumpkin syrup and bitters to the shaker, and shake with ice.

Step three

Strain into a mini pumpkin filled with fresh ice.

Step four

Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a handful of candy corn.

Contributed by Arley Marks