Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe

Fresh and fragrant elderflower liqueur gives this traditional bourbon cocktail a spring-like twist. It’s the perfect brunch, lunch or dinner drink to serve as the days get longer and temperatures get warmer.

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned is the perfect spring cocktail for brunch, lunch or dinner! #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #eastercocktails

Please forgive me, because I just can’t seem to step away from tasty and creative cocktail world. If you’re already reading this post, I’m guessing you don’t mind. I just couldn’t resist sharing one more fun and festive cocktail before Easter because, if you’re a fan of bourbon, you’re going to want to add this Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe to your Sunday menu.

It’s no secret that Old-Fashioned’s are one of my favorite types of cocktails, if the Drinks section of my website is any indication. In fact, I love the fact that I already seem to have an Old-Fashioned recipe for every season.

For the fall/winter months, I love me a good Maple Apple Old-Fashioned. It just feels so warm and cozy and the flavors are just what you want to experience when you’re cozied up inside next to the fire.

For the hot summer months, I’m all about the Twisted Whiskey Kind of Afternoon, a twist on the old-fashioned which features zesty grapefruit and Aperol.

Come spring, it’s going to be hard to choose between this Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned and my OG Rhubarb Old-Fashioned. So many choices, so little time!

So, before we get into what makes THIS particular old-fashioned recipe one for the books, let’s get into what is typically included in this classic bourbon cocktail.

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a tasty spring twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #easterrecipes

Just your typical Old-Fashioned…

A typical Old-Fashioned recipe includes the following ingredients:

Sugar cube

Bitters

Bourbon or rye

Orange peel

It’s really quite amazing how these few ingredients come together to make one damn delicious drink, but it’s also fun to get creative!

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a tasty spring twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #easterrecipes

How to Mix It Up

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good classic cocktail, but man would this blog be boring if I didn’t mix it up every once in a while. I’ve already mentioned above some other fun ways I’ve reinvented this classic, but let’s get to the real reason we’re here today…my Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned!

The great thing about embellishing something that’s already (1) simple to make and (2) tastes fantastic is that you can’t really go wrong. Here, we simply use already fairly sweet elderflower liqueur in lieu of the sugar cube and it’s a win-win: no extra sweetness than you’d already have with your classic Old-Fashioned, and a faint floral taste that plays off the orange peel beautifully.

I love that you don’t need any special tools to make this one-of-a-kind drink. A glass, a rock (I love these ice molds! *affiliate link*), and a stirring spoon will get you right where you need to be: relaxing on the porch or in the garden with a delicious Elderflower Old-Fashioned in hand!

This Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a tasty spring twist on the classic bourbon cocktail. #oldfashionedrecipes #bourbonrecipes #easterrecipes

Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Fresh and fragrant elderflower liqueur gives this traditional bourbon cocktail a spring-like twist. It’s the perfect brunch, lunch or dinner drink to serve as the days get longer and temperatures get warmer.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, cocktails, drinks, Easter, rye, spring, whiskey
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur (I use St. Germain's)
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • Orange twist*
Instructions
  1. Place one large ice cube in a chilled old-fashioned glass.

  2. Add elderflower liqueur and bitters.

  3. Pour in rye or bourbon.

  4. Slide orange twist down the side of the glass (on the inside), stir lightly and serve!

Recipe Notes

*To make an orange twist, use a vegetable or citrus peeler to peel about a 2- to 3-inch piece of orange peel.

Maple Apple Old Fashioned: My New Go-To Fall Cocktail

The perfect cocktail for fall, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned is what you’ll want to be drinking all season long. Bourbon, maple syrup and classic apple cider come together in this tasty cocktail that’s ideal enjoyed under warm blankets in front of a crackling fireplace.

This Maple Apple OId Fashioned is a fun fall twist on the classic whiskey cocktail.

If ever there were a way for me to make my entrance back onto the fall cocktail scene, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned would be it.

I’m the first to admit, I’ve been out of the mixology game for quite some time. Sure, I’ve whipped up a simple mixed drink here and there since the little one made her debut last October, but to be honest I rarely sip cocktails these days – my bod just can’t handle the hangovers as well as it used to!

So when I DO drink a cocktail, I want it to be absolutely delicious. And that’s what this Maple Apple Old Fashioned is. Seriously, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I’ve been out of practice for so long, but it has now joined the ranks as one of my favorite cocktail creations ever (along with the French 75 and the Twisted Whiskey Kind of Afternoon, of course) and, now that the babe is officially weaned, you can bet I’ll be sipping on these a lot more often over the next few months.

Before I get into the recipe, I have to tell you my reason for being inspired to create a cocktail that involves everyone’s favorite “accoutrement” for buttermilk pancakes and Belgian waffles: maple syrup! You see, I’ve been in Vermont all week for a fun little blogger conference called Blog Brȗlée. I’ve absolutely loved it because it is a small group of health-minded bloggers/registered dietitians with tailored content and wonderful sponsors in a beautiful location. I mean, what more could you ask for?

The Maple Apple Old Fashioned adds your favorite fall flavors to the classic cocktail.

There was a ton of information, bonding and exploring in two short days and now I’ve been exploring a bit on my own until I fly out later this afternoon. It’s the longest I’ve ever been away from sweet Raia (and I miss her soooooo much) but the time on my own has been relaxing and inspiring and has left me reinvigorated for both the business and personal side of my life as we jump into this fall season.

And jump into fall we shall! I mean, I sure got into the mood for fall with my trip to Vermont (gah—that foliage though!) But I have to admit that without a trip like that you almost wouldn’t notice that the seasons have changed in our West Coast seaside town of Santa Barbara. I, for one, am determined to break out all the blankets, pillows and candles as soon as I get home (helloooo hygge) even if it’s still 75 degrees out during the day and EVEN if it means I have to make a Maple Apple Old Fashioned to get me in the mood.

If you like Old Fashioneds, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned will be your go-to fall cocktail this season!

Speaking of Maple Apple Old Fashioned’s, I hope you like bourbon, because otherwise you might want to stop reading right here. Yes, bourbon-lovers, this cocktail is for you. If you’re familiar with the Old Fashioned, then you know that there is not much else other than booze in this classic drink. Now, you may wonder why, for such a booze-infused cocktail, I tried to pack both maple and apple in as accompanying flavors, but trust me on this. A little goes a long way to make this the most happening fall cocktail around.

A typical Old Fashioned is made by first muddling straight sugar with bitters, then adding whiskey/bourbon and a slice of orange rind. If you take a look at this Maple Apple Old Fashioned recipe, you’ll see that we basically have all of the similar components, with a few fall-like twists.

We still use the bitters (I mean, how could we not?) but we sub in maple syrup in exchange for the sugar. And rather than infusing the bourbon with orange rind, we add just the slightest bit of apple cider to really give it that “fall” feel.

Maple syrup and spiced apple cider are the perfect additions to this Old Fashioned Cocktail.

It really is a simple recipe, and for the amount of fall flavor it packs, I hope you give it a try. I, for one, am looking forward to mixing up some of these as soon as I get home. I’m sure the hubby will appreciate it after a week of solo parenting!

Maple Apple Old Fashioned
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

The perfect cocktail for fall, this Maple Apple Old Fashioned is what you’ll want to be drinking all season long. Bourbon, maple syrup and classic apple cider come together in this tasty cocktail that’s ideal enjoyed under warm blankets in front of a crackling fireplace. 

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, bourbon, cocktails, drinks, fall, maple syrup
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce apple cider, plus a little more for rimming the glass
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • Apple wheels for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground cinnamon and sugar. Pour onto a small saucer/dessert plate. Pour some apple cider on a second saucer/dessert plate. (Tip: This cinnamon-sugar combo is PLENTY to rim two to three glasses if you want to up the cocktail recipe.)

  2. Take a rocks glass and dip it first into the apple cider plate and then into the cinnamon-sugar plate. Use a spoon or small ladle to fill the glass with ice and set aside.

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the bourbon, apple cider, syrup and bitters. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds or so.

  4. Strain contents of shaker into the prepared glass and garnish with an apple wheel. Enjoy!

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!)

The ultimate Thanksgiving treat!

A couple of Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the perfect treat for the holidays!

Because every pumpkin spice latte deserves a little bourbon in it for a long holiday weekend. Am I right? Seriously, though, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. Yes, me, the queen of spiking my coffee with Bailey’s and enjoying hot toddies like my OG favorite, Boilo. It only makes complete sense that we should dress up the annual favorite espresso drink with a little sumpin’ sumpin’, and bourbon sure fits the bill!

Annnnndddd, we’re making this Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte CaliGirl Cooking-friendly by using only REAL pumpkin and spices…none of this super-sweet syrupy stuff you get at your neighborhood chain coffee shop (not gonna name names here.)

A Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte will spice up any holiday get-together!

That’s right, this five-ingredient recipe contains no added sugar, so it can basically be called a health food (save for the bourbon of course, which I suppose you could leave out if you really want to be SUPER healthy, but where’s the fun in that?) So here are those five ingredients we’re looking at:

Espresso
Pumpkin purée
Bourbon
Milk of your choice
Pumpkin pie spice
And, if you’re feeling fancy, a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick to garnish

Pretty easy, right?

This Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte has been largely responsible for keeping me out of the coffee shops that become so addicting with their “red cups” and special holiday drinks this time of year (well, that and the fact that I have a three week-old on my hands :-P) It’s creamy and delicious, with a wonderful pumpkin spice flavor that won’t leave you with a sugar hangover. Let’s leave that to all the pie and other fancy desserts we’ll be indulging in this weekend.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, feel free to just use a little bit of regular coffee as the caffeine source for said Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte. It won’t be quite as potent, but who needs tons of caffeine on a lazy holiday weekend, anyway?

This Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte has no added sugar and is made with REAL pumpkin!

Speaking of the holiday weekend, what are your plans? We are headed up to NorCal tonight to spend the long weekend with our families, and it will be Raia’s first long car trip. Any tips or tricks on how to make it through a four-hour drive with an almost one-month old? So far our plan is to just take our time and have no expectations about when we’ll get there. Hopefully that relaxed attitude about it all will make the trip a breeze!

We’ll be spending Thanksgiving day with my husband’s family, then heading over to Santa Cruz to see my family on Friday, with a stop to cut down a Christmas tree in between. The hubs and I have been cutting down our own tree every year since we started dating, so we’re very excited to continue the tradition with the newest addition to our family.

Other than that, we plan on doing lots of relaxing, eating and I’m sure watching allll the football, which means we’ll have plenty of time to whip up some tasty Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes while we’re at it. Who else is with me?

A Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte is the perfect treat for fall festivities.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

*Programming Note: I’ll be taking a break from posting on Friday so we can really enjoy the weekend with our family and friends. I’ll be back in action on Monday and can’t wait to tell you all about our trip! Xo

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This spiked version of the classic fall espresso drink contains real pumpkin and no added sugar - the perfect balanced treat for the holidays!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktails, coffee, drinks, fall, latte, pumpkin
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 espresso shots (or more if you want the extra caffeine!)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 8 ounces milk of your choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon or cinnamon stick, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined.

  2. Divide mixture into two mugs and microwave until hot, 1 ½ - 2 minutes.

  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick and enjoy immediately!

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Spiked Pear Cider

I’ve fallen hard for the homemade cider this year…

This Spiked Pear Cider is made in the slow cooker and can easily be made virgin for kids to enjoy!

And for this version I’ve even brought on the booze! That’s right, this Spiked Pear Cider is just as tasty as any hot apple cider and has a splash of bourbon to boot. My kind of cool weather treat!

In case you missed it, a little while back I forayed into the world of homemade ciders with this From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider and I was more than pleased with how it turned out. It wasn’t too sweet and had just the right amount of spice. It made me start thinking about what other types of homemade ciders I could create, and a pear version was the first thing that popped to my mind.

And now that I’m back (at least a tiny bit) in the drinking game, I thought it only appropriate to make my pear cider into somewhat of a hot toddy by adding some tummy-warming bourbon. BUT, if you are not a drinker or not drinking at the moment for any reason (I feel ya) then I’m happy to say that this Spiked Pear Cider tastes just as delicious when it’s just plain ol’ “Pear Cider.” In fact, you don’t even add the booze until the end, so it’s easy to make a batch for a crowd and then just add the booze to the mugs of those who want it.

A couple of mugs of warm Spiked Pear Cider are just what you need on a cold fall or winter's night.

Aside from a little difference in the spices, the directions for making this Spiked Pear Cider are nearly identical to those for the apple cider. And whereas my apple cider recipe had no added sweetener, I did decide to add some honey to the pear cider to help counteract the booze a little bit. Which means it’s that much closer to a legit hot toddy and that much more acceptable to drink if you’re ever feeling a little bit under the weather this winter. Am I right?

So what I’ve done here is included the recipe for the pear cider itself – which you’ll make in the slow cooker – and then also the ratios for boozing it up. Plan on making the nonalcoholic pear cider in the slow cooker at least one night before you want to drink it (or first thing that morning since it takes 7 hours to cook) and then you can easily just keep it warm in the slow cooker or refrigerate it and reheat it when you’re ready to enjoy it as a cozy adult beverage.

A mug of Spiked Pear Cider is the perfect hot toddy for the holidays.

This Spiked Pear Cider is the perfect drink to have on hand for the holidays when you have guests and visitors stopping by at any given moment, or when you’re just looking for a little something special to serve up for family. It’s easy to throw together and can be made suitable for kids and adults alike. Plus, who doesn’t love a great “set it and forget it” recipe for this crazy time of year?

Spiked Pear Cider
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 10 mins
 

This slow cooker recipe is a fun new take on cider and can easily be made nonalcoholic for the young 'uns or non-drinkers in the crowd.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the cider:
  • 8 pears, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 of a whole vanilla bean
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 8 cups filtered water
For one cocktail:
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 4-6 ounces pear cider
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the cider ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.

  2. Strain cider into a pitcher or a few Mason jars and discard solids.

  3. To make the cocktail, measure out 2 ounces of bourbon into a mug and add 4-6 ounces of the cider (depending on the size of your mug.) Enjoy warm.

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Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce

Tender, mouthwatering sirloin steak bites are drenched in a sweet and tangy bourbon rosemary BBQ sauce. The perfect addition to a summer entertaining spread!

A big platter of Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce is the perfect way to #ownyourparty this summer!
This post was created in partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg in exchange for free product. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

Getting back to the serious stuff today! Well, if you count mouthwateringly delicious Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce as serious, that is. And when I say mouthwatering, I mean MOUTHWATERING. Seriously, this stuff is so good.

It’s not every day that you get sent a cooler full of delicious #TrueAussieBeef and #TrueAussieLamb, plus a Big Green Egg and are told to throw a summer party celebrating the #GreaterOutdoors but when you do, you happily oblige.

IMPORTANT PSA: If you’ve read any of my other recent meat-centric posts, you know that I’ve partnered with True Aussie Beef and Lamb and Big Green Egg in their #GreaterOutdoors campaign to give away a Big Green Egg to one very lucky reader. Well, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER! Be sure to keep reading until the end of this post for instructions on how to get in on this. Do it now!

Sirloin steaks cooking on the Big Green Egg, soon to be drenched in sweet and tangy Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce.

I already shared the Island Style Teriyaki Beef Sliders and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Pea Pesto that I made with my #aussome beef and lamb products for a summer pool party with friends, and today it’s time to tell you all about what was surely one of the greatest hits: Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce!

Can I first tell you about the insanely huge piece of sirloin I used to make these? Ummm, I mean, we were serving a crowd of about 20 people and we STILL only used half of it. The other half is waiting contentedly in the freezer for the next chance we get to throw a party and I’m pretty excited about it.

I’m not sure I’ve told you before, but my husband is most definitely a steak man. Tri tip is one of his favorite things to grill up on the weekend and, if we go somewhere for date night that has a good steak on the menu, you can bet that’s what he’s going to order. So you can imagine how excited he was to see this gigantic piece of sirloin come out of the freezer.

Perfectly cooked sirloin steaks resting before being cut into bite-size pieces and coated in a delicious Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce.

And since he’s the expert, I asked him how HE would like the steak cooked. We needed something crowd-friendly, hence the steak bite idea, but I have to give him credit for helping me come up with the tangy, sweet and boozy Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce.

The BBQ sauce is something you’ll definitely want to make in advance, as it just gets better and better with a little time in the refrigerator for the flavors to really meld together. I made it the night before we were grilling, and it set up perfectly. It’s really not complicated, and just requires a little time on the stovetop.

The next day (or a few hours later), it’s time to grill! In order to keep the steak as moist as possible (and for ease of grilling), we cut it into four approximately one-pound pieces for cooking. Keeping the size of the steak a bit larger helps seal in all of the juices, so once you DO cut into it, each steak bite is juicy, tender and delicious.

Sirloin steaks finishing up on the grill before being cut into pieces and coated with sweet and tangy Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce.

After the steak is done, let it rest as long as possible and simply cut it into bites a little bit before you’re ready to serve. Toss the bites in a tad more of the BBQ sauce, and serve the rest of the sauce on the side for extra dipping.

Finally, add some toothpicks to your serving platter for hungry fingers to serve themselves. I’m pretty certain your Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce are going to be the hit of the party!

Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce are the perfect addition to a summer spread.

Okay, now for the equally important stuff: how to win a Big Green Egg! Simply click on this link before tomorrow and enter in your information. Then wait and see if you’ve won! Seriously though, we have been so happy with our Big Green Egg cooking experience and have been cooking on it more often than you can imagine. So many endless outdoor cooking possibilities!

Here’s to kicking off another summer week, hopefully with some delicious steak bites in the mix!

Sirloin Steak Bites with Bourbon Rosemary BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Tender, mouthwatering steak bites are drenched in a sweet and tangy bourbon rosemary BBQ sauce. The perfect addition to a summer entertaining spread!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, beef, dinner, entree, steak
Servings: 16 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the BBQ sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 of an onion, finely minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
For the steak:
  • 4 pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 pound pieces
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. The night (or a few hours) before you’ll be cooking the steak, make the BBQ sauce. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook until all ingredients come together and sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. 

  2. Remove sauce from heat, let cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. When you’re ready to cook the steak, you’ll first need to prep your Big Green Egg (or other outdoor cooking appliance.) Bring the Egg to a temperature of approximately 500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  4. Season each steak with salt and pepper and brush with a light coating of the prepared BBQ sauce. Reserve the rest of the sauce for later.

  5. Once grill is preheated, add the steaks, searing on all sides. 

  6. After searing the steaks, bring the grill’s temperature down to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit to finish cooking. Move the steaks to the outer perimeter of the grill to receive indirect heat, and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 130 degrees (for medium-rare).

  7. Let steaks sit and rest (to finish cooking and bring them to the perfect temperature) for another 10 minutes or so. If you want your steak more well-done, simply bring it to a slightly higher temperature before removing to rest. 

  8. Just before you’re ready to serve, cut the steaks into bite-size pieces and add another light coating of the BBQ sauce. Toss to combine. 

  9. Serve any remaining BBQ sauce in a bowl on the side for dipping and be sure to include toothpicks!

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