Absinthe Cocktail Recipes

How to Make a Fairy Dust Old Fashioned

Product photograph of Absinthia's Bottled Spirits Fairy Dust Syrup


How to Make a Fairy Dust Old Fashioned

Our Fairy Dust Old Fashioned recipe substitutes classic ingredients with our small batch anise-infused syrup. This recipe forms a modern day union between the classic cocktails Old Fashioned and the Sazerac.


What is a Sazerac or Old Fashioned drink?


An Old Fashioned cocktail is an uncomplicated drink that has been popular for decades. This laid-back recipe dresses up whiskey with just a couple of ingredients. The classic recipe includes:

  • Soaking an ice cube with sugar and bitters.
  • Pouring a shot of whiskey into a glass.
  • Adorning the drink with an orange peel and a cherry.

The Old Fashioned recipe was born from the Sazerac Cocktail. Sazerac is a famous French brandy, and the Sazerac Cocktail was a popular drink created in New Orleans in the 1800s. When the Phylloxera infestation hit France in the late 1800s, the imported French brandy was limited in its production, making it hard to use in this wildly popular recipe. New Orleans bartenders replaced the brandy with American rye whiskies. This is the recipe you are most familiar with today.


What is Fairy Dust?


Product photograph of Absinthia's Bottled Spirits Fairy Dust Syrup



Fairy Dust syrup is like a fragrant stroll in a spring garden. Our small batch craft syrup is made with fresh fennel, aromatic anise, and bitter wormwood. This lively syrup adds a bright floral depth to any cocktail.

Did you know that fennel is often mislabeled as anise? It’s a genuine case of mistaken identity because fennel has a delicate and woody taste while anise has a sweeter taste. The other big difference is that fennel is considered a vegetable, and anise is considered a spice.

Combine the two with wormwood for the holy trinity of herbs that constitutes absinthe which is the inspiration behind this simple syrup.

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Why a Fair Dust Old Fashioned?


Our expert mixologist Jared Hirsch explains:

“The marriage of Fairy Dust with whiskey finds its roots in the oldest of cocktails, the Sazerac. This legendary drink is one of the earliest versions of what we today call the old fashioned. This cocktail blends barrel-aged spirits, either Cognac in its original form, or Rye whiskey in its modern incarnation with absinthe, a touch of sugar, and Peychaud’s bitters.

Fairy Dust is our tribute to absinthe with its harmony of fennel, anise and wormwood. It wasn’t much of a leap to replace both the absinthe and sugar with our delightful syrup. The interplay of spicy vanilla-tinged whiskey, along with the herbaceous qualities found in anise and wormwood is what makes this cocktail stand apart from the classic recipe.”

This combination is as playful as it is smooth. We think you’ll enjoy its novel and fresh qualities as much as we do.



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2oz Bourbon

.5oz Fairy Dust Syrup

2 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters


Add all ingredients to a cocktail mixing glass and stir until cold.


Want an alcohol-free mocktail? Replace the whiskey with Seedlip Spice 94 or soda water.


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