Christmas

Kelly Wearstler's Christmas cocktail recipe – an Old Fashioned with a twist

Discover how to make this must-try Christmas cocktail recipe by the renowned interior designer

Christmas cocktail recipe by Kelly Wearstler
(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

If you're looking for a Christmas cocktail recipe with a difference, you'll love renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler's take on the Old Fashioned. One to add to your list of Christmas recipes, we think.

'A taste of the historied Oaxacan hillside, richly spiced with chai, maple, chocolate and burnt rosemary, this Old Fashioned is perfect for a spirited toast to darkening days and the mysteries of life,' says Kelly Wearstler.

'Infuse a bottle of Madre Mezcal with chai teabags for 12 hours. Drip 5oz maple syrup into a mixing glass then pour 0.5oz of the Madre infusion on top followed by three dashes of chocolate bitters.'

Christmas cocktail recipe – an Old Fashioned by Kelly Wearstler

Christmas cocktail recipe by Kelly Wearstler

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

You will need: 

Many of the decorative items shown below are on sale at Kelly Wearstler, or of course, you can use what you already have at home. 

  • Madre Mezcal 
  • Chai teabags 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Chocolate bitters 
  • Rosemary method

Method:  

1. To make the Madre infusion, infuse a bottle of Madre Mezcal with chai teabags for 12 hours 

2. Drip 5oz maple syrup into a mixing glass then pour 0.5oz of the Madre infusion on top followed by three dashes of chocolate bitters. 

3. Add ice three quarters of the way up and stir 

4. Light a sprig of rosemary and top with a rocks glass to capture the smoke inside.

5. Toss two cubes into the smoke-filled glass and strain the mixed drink over top.

6. Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary and a dash of soulful luminescence.

What is the recipe for a traditional Old Fashioned?

The recipe for a traditional Old Fashioned is as follows:

1. Mix one teaspoon of sugar (or two of sugar syrup) with a dash of water and two splashes of Angostura bitters until the sugar has dissolved. 

2. Add ice and 60ml of bourbon to the glass and stir. Optional: add a splash of soda water now. 

3. An Old Fashioned usually has a garnish of an orange slice – fresh is fine but we love to dry orange slices for really concentrated, festive flavor.

My first job was writing a DIY column for a magazine for the over 50s (which seemed a long way off back then). I then moved to a DIY magazine as deputy ed, then freelanced my way around the homes departments of most women's magazines on the market before working on Your Home and Family Circle magazines as homes editor. From there, I went to Ideal Home magazine as associate editor, then launched 4Homes magazine for Channel 4, then the Channel 4 4Homes website before going back to freelancing and running a social media business (you can see where I had kids from the freelancing gaps!). I was tempted back to the world of big business by the chance to work with the great team at Realhomes.com, where I was Global Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years, taking it from a small website to a global entity. I've now handed the reins of the website to our American managing editor, while I take on a new challenge as Editor-in-Chief of Homes & Gardens.