Flaming Orange Peel: The Blanchard Old Fashioned

The Blanchard Old Fashioned
Photo by Neil Burger

Recipe courtesy Arunas Bruzas, head bartender, The Blanchard, Chicago

This restaurant’s namesake cocktail is finished with a flamed orange peel to enhance the smoky elements from the Bourbon and impart citrus aromas to the drink. Although Bruzas brews up a cherrywood-smoked vanilla and lavender-saffron syrup, we’re recommending a simple vanilla syrup to add sweetness.


In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients except garnish with ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

More information on how to flame an orange peel.

Published on June 30, 2016
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Kara Newman 
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Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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