Classic, timeless and alcohol-free this Virgin old fashioned is a super easy and elegant mocktail to serve up at your next cocktail hour. Raise your glass, sit back and sip on this drink as a sophisticated addition to your next evening.
🥃 What is a Virgin Old Fashioned?
A virgin old fashioned is a combination of simple syrup, bitters and black or barley tea served in a rocks glass with a few maraschino cherries and a little sliver of orange as garnish. This mocktail is a nice
This easy to make non-alcoholic twist on a classic old fashioned has the same richness and flavor tones, but without the whiskey. Using black or barley tea is a nice substitute as They tend to have some similar flavors of boldness, smokiness and and maltiness as does whiskey (source).
This drink like other virgin versions of classic cocktails simply places the liquor with a different liquid such as tea, juice or soda. This is done in a variety of different virgin drinks such as the virgin strawberry daiquiri and virgin pina colada.
Here are a few reasons you’ll definitely love this recipe:
- Couldn’t be easier. Literally all you have to do is add tea and two other ingredients. This one couldn’t be easier to make, you only need about 5 minutes.
- Robust flavor. The bold and robust flavor of the black tea served with a little sweetness and flavor enhancing bitters is a great sipping drink.
- Classic elegance. There’s not a drink much more elegant and timeless than a simple old fashioned. From the small, squarish glass to the one pop of red cherry color this is a elegant drink.
⭐ When to Make This Drink
This simple and timeless mocktail can be served up at so many different occasions including:
- Signature drink
- After dinner drinks
One of the nice things about this beverage is that you can make a few ingredient modifications and change things up if you want. Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Use decaf. If you want to cut the caffeine out of this drink and perhaps serve it in the evening, use a decaf tea.
- Use barley tea instead of black tea. So barley tea is similar to black tea They do have some different flavors. Barley tends to have a little bit of a nutty flavor and a little bit of a bitterness as well.
- Use a sugar cube. Instead of adding simple syrup, you can use a large sugar cube or two in the drink.
- Muddle it. Take an orange peel and muddle it together in the bottom of the glass with a simple syrup before adding your tea on top.
- Use an ice cube. Old fashions are typically served with craft ice that are large ice cubes one or two of them and a glass.
- Orange slice (garnish)
- Maraschino cherry (garnish)
- 4-6 dashes of bitters
- .25 oz of Simple syrup
- Top with black tea.
Gather together everything you’ll need for this drink including black tea, rocks glass, maraschino cherries, slice of orange, jigger, bitters and simple syrup.
Get your garnished together by cutting a small slice of orange. Then sticking two maraschino cherries and the orange on a cocktail pick.
Measure 0.25 oz of simple syrup and pour it into the rocks glass.
Grab your bitters and add 4 to 6 dashes into the glass with the simple syrup.
Take your black tea and pour it directly into the rocks glass. Typically with a classical fashioned you would use 2 oz of liquid. And that’s what we’ve used here.
However, if you wanted to have a larger drink you could certainly fill the glass up more.
Virgin Old Fashioned
- Rocks glass
- Orange Slice garnish
- Maraschino Cherry garnish
- 4-6 dashes Bitters
- .25 oz Simple Syrup
- 5 oz Black Tea
- Brew up a cup of black tea.
- Set the tea in the refrigerator or freezer to chill.
- Add a few ice cubes to the glass.
- Take a jigger and measure .25 oz of simple syrup. Toss that into the rocks glass.
- Take the cooled tea and measure out 5 oz. Toss that into the glass.Note: you can just top the glass off with tea instead of measuring if you want.
- Take the bitters and add 4 – 6 dashes into the glass.
- Give the glass a few swirls to mix it all up.
- If you want to add garnishes, now is the time.
- Take an orange and cut it into slices
- Take a cocktail pick and stick it through one orange slice.
- Add a maraschino cherry on the pick with the orange.
- Add the cocktail pick to the glass.
- .25 oz of simple syrup is 1.5 tsp.
- 4 oz of Black tea is ½ cup.
- substitute the simple syrup for a sugar cube.
- substitute the black tea for barley tea.