Cozy up with a S’mores Old-Fashioned Cocktail with burnt sugar syrup, graham cracker-infused bourbon, chocolate bitters and a toasted marshmallow garnish.
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S’mores Old-Fashioned Cocktail recipe
One of the best parts of being an adult is getting to enjoy your childhood treats anytime you want.
Ice cream for breakfast? Popcorn for dinner? S’mores in a cocktail?
Yes, yes and yes. This s’mores old-fashioned recipe is an updated version of the classic whiskey cocktail. It’s full of nostalgia, yet so grown-up.
You’ll infuse bourbon with graham crackers, flavor it with chocolate bitters and garnish it with a toasted marshmallow or two.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- If you love chocolate and marshmallows, this will be your new favorite cocktail! The flavors give off a nostalgic vibe that will make you wish you were at a campfire.
- It’s a sweet twist on the classic old-fashioned. The infused whiskey takes it up a notch!
- This fun cocktail is elevated and show-stopping. It’s a craft cocktail bar-level drink that you can make in the comfort of your home.
This cocktail is perfect for summertime, fall nights or the holiday season. Enjoy it around a fire pit or the fireplace (safely, of course).
You can make a big batch of graham cracker-infused whiskey to keep on hand for guests or to make for a party.
What is an old-fashioned?
The old-fashioned is a classic cocktail made with any type of whiskey — usually bourbon — or another strong spirit like mezcal or aged rum.
Old-fashioned cocktails are spirit-forward, meaning they are heavy on the alcohol. They don’t have any mixers like sour mix or soda.
This one uses graham cracker-infused bourbon, chocolate bitters and burnt sugar syrup, and tastes just like a toasty s’more.
For the garnish, you can rim the glass in chocolate syrup and dip it in graham cracker crumbs. And with a skewer of toasted marshmallows on top, it will smell just like a s’more too.
You only need a few ingredients to make this s’mores cocktail. Here’s what to grab from the grocery store and liquor store:
It’s not a s’more without graham crackers!
I use the classic honey-flavored ones, but feel free to mix it up with cinnamon graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers. If you dare, you can even make homemade graham crackers.
You will only need a few graham crackers for this recipe: 1-2 for the bourbon infusion and 1-2 for graham cracker crumbs on the rim. If you want to make more of the bourbon, you can use a whole sleeve of graham crackers to multiply the recipe.
To make graham cracker crumbs, place a couple of graham crackers in a ziptop bag and seal it so there is no extra air in it. Then roll them with a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs.
To make graham cracker-infused bourbon, you need the right bourbon. Don’t get one that’s already been flavored, like cinnamon whiskey.
If you have a favorite bourbon, use it here! I love Old Forester for the sweet caramel flavor it brings to a drink at a good price, but there are many more options out there that would be equally delicious.
Maker’s Mark is another favorite of mine for infusions because it has a light, clean flavor that is great for infusions. Some other popular brands are Woodford Reserve, Bulleit and Knob Creek.
Check out my Bourbon 101 guide if you need more help picking a brand to buy!
Burnt sugar syrup
Burnt sugar syrup is made by caramelizing and burning sugar, then turning it into a simple syrup. It has a toasted flavor that adds a complexity of flavor to the cocktail. There is an underlying marshmallow flavor that is so good in this cocktail! You can buy burnt sugar syrup from Tippleman’s online or you can make it yourself.
Chocolate bitters give this cocktail it’s melted chocolate flavor. It gives it a balance with the sweetness of the burnt sugar syrup and bourbon.
There are a number of bitters brands selling chocolate bitters. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters are classic chocolate.
- El Guapo Spiced Cocoa Bitters have a gently spiced flavor.
- Hella Mexican Chocolate Bitters include notes of cinnamon.
Ice is always an important piece of any cocktail.
For an old-fashioned, I recommend a large ice cube or sphere because it will take longer to melt than a bunch of smaller cubes.
As a result, your cocktail won’t get diluted too quickly, as spirit-forward drinks need to be sipped more slowly than an easy sipper like a mojito.
A cocktail isn’t done without a garnish! This drink can have a few, if you like.
I dipped a part of the rim in chocolate syrup and then rolled it in graham cracker crumbs.
On the top, I added a bamboo skewer with a couple toasted marshmallows. You can toast marshmallows over a fire, with a lighter or — my favorite — with a kitchen blowtorch.
The toasted marshmallows give off their delicious, smoky aroma while you sip your drink.
How to make Graham Cracker-Infused Bourbon
Add a graham cracker to a jar, breaking into pieces if needed.
The crackers will disintegrate and become soggy. To avoid cloudy bourbon, you can place them in a disposable tea bag or wrap them in a coffee filter.
Top with your favorite bourbon. Then cover it and infuse them together for 4 hours or up to 12-24 hours.
When it’s ready, strain out the graham cracker with a fine-mesh strainer.
How to make a S’mores Old-Fashioned
The cocktail comes together just like a classic old-fashioned.
- First, infuse your bourbon. This takes a few hours, but it’s best if you can do it overnight.
- Then dip the rim of an old-fashioned glass in chocolate syrup and dip in graham cracker crumbs.
- Add your burnt sugar syrup, graham cracker-infused whiskey and a few dashes of chocolate bitters.
- Then lower in a large ice cube.
- Skewer a couple marshmallows on a cocktail pick and toast them with a lighter or kitchen torch. Place the skewer on top of the glass.
Variations and substitutions
No time for graham cracker bourbon? You can use any bourbon and still get some marshmallow and chocolate flavor from the bitters and garnishes.
More old-fashioned cocktails recipes
If you love these whiskey cocktails, try more flavors of old-fashioned cocktails.
- Coffee Old-Fashioned
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Old-Fashioned
- PB&J Old-Fashioned
- Chai Old-Fashioned
- Pumpkin Spice Old-Fashioned
- Chocolate Old-Fashioned
More s’mores cocktail recipes
- S’mores White Russian
- S’mores Pudding Shots
- Peppermint S’mores Martini
- S’mores Martini
- Marshmallow Vodka
For graham cracker-infused bourbon
- 1 graham cracker
- 6 ounces bourbon
For s’mores old-fashioned
- ¼ ounce burnt sugar syrup
- 2 ounces graham cracker-infused bourbon
- 2 dashes chocolate bitters
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup, for rim
- 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs, for rim
- 2 toasted marshmallows, for garnish
Graham cracker-infused bourbon
- Add a graham cracker to a jar, breaking into pieces if needed. Top with bourbon. Cover and infuse for 12-24 hours.
- Strain out the graham cracker with a fine-mesh strainer. To avoid straining, use a disposable tea bag or wrap them in a coffee filter.
- Makes 6-8 cocktails. Store in an airtight, food-safe container such as a mason jar.
S'mores Old-Fashioned Cocktail
- Then rim a rocks glass with chocolate syrup and dip in graham cracker crumbs.
- Add burnt sugar syrup, graham cracker-infused whiskey and a few dashes of chocolate bitters to the glass. Carefully lower in a large ice cube.
- Skewer marshmallows on a cocktail pick and toast them with a lighter or kitchen blowtorch. Place the skewer on top of the glass.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 39gProtein: 5g