Last week we kicked off our Cozy Winter Cocktails series with a spiked hot chocolate that certainly warms the soul. This week, we’re obsessed with sipping something a little more “grown-up” {although, who are we kidding- we kind of love hot cocoa!} and since it’s Valentine’s Day on Friday, we’re turning up the sexy factor!

Nothing quite does that than a twist on a confident and classic Old Fashioned. Think Don Draper meets Salma Hayek in this sweet and exotic Aztec Chocolate Old Fashioned with brandied cherries. That’s one dead sexy combo if you ask us!


Aztec Chocolate Old Fashioned


2oz Bourbon
few dashes Fee Brothers aztec chocolate bitters
½ oz Creme De Cacao
Peeled orange wedge
Brandied cherry
1 oz Soda Water


Gently muddled orange slice and brandied cherry in glass with creme de cacao and chocolate bitters. Add ice cube. Pour in bourbon and soda water. Garnish with a blood orange slice {or orange peel!} and plop in a brandied cherry {or two or three!}.

We feel both fancy and bold when we sip on this gussied up Bourbon-based drink. If you haven’t been brave enough to give Bourbon try, we promise this is the perfect way to do it. If you mix one up this week we’d love to hear what you think!

original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // styling and art direction by Apartment 34 // original recipe created by Apartment 34 

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  1. This looks so beautiful and delicious! Definitely a sexy drink perfect for Valentines Day. Thanks for sharing xo

  2. Newly-opened Kuleana Rum Shack in Waikoloa, Hawaii makes an Old-Fashioned with rum (from local native Hawaiian sugar cane), a touch of Falernum and instead of chocolate bitters, using Cacao parchment and nib fragments from our Cacao farm on the Big Island. They finish it with a Kiawe wood smoke. It is divine!

  3. Dominik MJ • Opinionated Alchemist on

    Sounds like an interesting concept. However there are some issues:

    1) This isn’t an Old Fashioned. Definitely not. It seems like a cool drink – but an Old Fashioned it ain’t!
    2) Muddling! A real Old Fashioned (not the audacities which were modified in the 80’s) are not muddled. And it is anyway a terrible concept. Just don’t do it – there are better and more elegant ways to incorporate aromas.
    3) Soda water… another remainder of the “dark ages of cocktails”. Old Fashioneds need water (but not soda) when they are made with real sugar/sugar cubes – just to dissolve the sugar cube. However for sure not 30 ml. But in case of a liquid sweetener, you don’t need anymore the water.