The Cocoa Cereal Old Fashioned

This creative cocktail takes you to the kids' cereal aisle for a fun twist on a classic: the Broken Shaker's Gabriel Orta uses a cocoa cereal-infused bourbon as the core ingredient for this Old Fashioned. (Bourbon takes a few days to infuse before it develops the amazing chocolatey flavor, so plan ahead!)
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 days 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

Cocoa Cereal Infusion

3 cups chocolate puffed grain cereal, preferably Cocoa Puffs brand

3 cups bourbon, preferably Old Forester brand

Old Fashioned

2 ounces cocoa cereal-infused bourbon

1/4 ounce simple syrup, equal parts water and sugar, heated until sugar fully dissolves

2 dashes orange bitters

1/4 teaspoon Xocolatl chocolate mole bitters, available online

Ice cubes, for stirring

Block ice cubes, extra-large, for serving

1 orange twist

Directions

  1. Add cereal and bourbon to a 2-quart lidded container; cover and let sit at room temperature for 2 days. Place a strainer over a bowl and strain cereal, pressing down to release all of the liquid. Use a funnel to pour infused bourbon into an empty bottle for storage. (Infused bourbon will keep as long as regular bourbon.)
  2. In a cocktail pitcher, add cocoa cereal-infused bourbon, simple syrup, orange bitters, and chocolate mole bitters. Fill the pitcher with ice cubes. Place a cocktail spoon down the side of the pitcher; then run the spoon around the edge of the pitcher quickly but gently to stir, about 30 seconds. Add one block ice cube to a rocks glass. Place a julep strainer over the pitcher and strain the cocktail into the rocks glass. Garnish: Peel a twist from an orange; squeeze over the cocktail to release the oils. Rub the peel around the rim of the glass, then drop into the cocktail. Serve immediately.
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