Thursday, May 30, 2024

Liquid Kitchen® Presents: Black Cat Old Fashioned

It has been a long month of Halloween insanity. Scary clowns have ruined your costume idea for the night and now, all you want to do is watch some bad horror movies and chill. That’s okay. Maybe you aren’t the crowd type and parties aren’t your deal anyway. Does that mean you can’t have a little fun with your cocktails on Halloween? Of course not! Here is a spooky spin on an Old Fashioned, with a boozy mashup of bourbon, homemade Orange and Black Coffee Syrup, and smoky mezcal for a little bit of fire and brimstone. It will warm you up to a long night of trick-or-treaters at your door…..if any are brave enough to venture out.

Black Cat Old Fashioned

(makes 1 cocktail)

  • 1½   ounces bourbon
  • ½   ounce mezcal
  • ¼    ounce Orange & Black Coffee Syrup
  • 1-2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • garnish: fat orange peel

Measure the bourbon, mezcal, syrup and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill three-quarters full with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until well chilled. Serve strained over a large ice cube in an old fashioned glass. Express the orange peel over the drink to release the oils, twist and add to the drink.

Photo courtesy of Liquid Kitchen®
Photo courtesy of Liquid Kitchen®

Orang & Black Coffee Syrup

(makes about 12 ounces)

  • ¼   cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced orange zest
  • 24 coffee beans
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups sugar

Combine ingredients (minus the sugar) in a small saucepan. On medium-high heat, bring liquid to a boil. Once it has boiled, add the sugar and stir to combine well. Continue to boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for 1 hour. Strain and store refrigerated for up to 30 days.


Kathy Casey is a chef, mixologist, and is known as the Original Bar Chef. Her newest book is D’Llish Deviled Eggs, which is a great accompaniment to any cocktail. Follow Kathy on Twitter and Instagram. For more great cocktail recipes, visit


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