Cocktails by Betty | Blackberry Old Fashioned


I’m adding a new section to my blog! Mixology is a hobby of mine. I love hosting an evening with friends, or throwing parties. Whatever the occasion, it’s fun to make a good classic cocktail to sip on, or experiment and try something new. Today I’m sharing a classic cocktail, with a twist. Here is my recipe for a Blackberry Old Fashioned.

INGREDIENTS:•2 ounces bourbon or rye

•1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur

•4 dashes orange bitters

•2 dashes aromatic bitters

•4 blackberries

•1 sugared orange slice

INSTRUCTIONS:1 In an cocktail shaker, muddle 4 blackberries

2 Combine bourbon, maraschino liqueur, and bitters in the shaker

3 Add 1 large ice cube to an Old Fashioned glass

4 Strain drink into glass

5 Stir 15 seconds

6 Garnish with a sugared orange slice and blackberries.

7 Sip and enjoy!


For this cocktail I did select a bourbon, but I would highly recommend using a rye if you’d prefer. I used 3 Howls Backbeat Bourbon because I thought the flavor would go well with the blackberries and orange (and it did). I also heard this bourbon had rye characteristics, and I love small batch/local options for my bar cart. In a classic Old Fashioned recipe, it calls for a sugar cube. But I really wanted to experiment with maraschino liqueur, after having it in a drink at Canon. And since maraschino liqueur is sweet, I decided that would replace adding sugar to this drink. My final addition was inspired by a trip to Trader Joe’s, haha! They had this pack of sugared dried orange slices that looked beautiful and yummy, and so I really wanted to try that to garnish this drink.


Try it out and enjoy it for Happy (Halloween) Hour, and by the fire pit if you can!

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Photography by Betty Elaine is a Seattle Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer in the Pacific Northwest. Servicing weddings throughout Washington and National Parks, including Snoqualmie Pass, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic Peninsula, North Cascades, and San Juan Island. Betty's professional work features beautiful editorial wedding photography, elopements, and anniversary sessions. Travel is available to other locations outside of the Washington area for local, national, and international wedding photography. As a wedding photographer with a passion for adventure and travel photography, Betty has photographed across the United States, and Europe.