Author Danny Childs

Experience the rich and savory flavors of the Shiitake Old Fashioned, a captivating cocktail that marries two different bourbons with a luscious shiitake-demerara syrup. Enhanced with two dashes of Angostura bitters and garnished with an orange peel and cocktail cherry, this sophisticated libation presents a harmonious blend of earthy and citrusy notes, perfect for savoring over a large ice cube in a rocks glass.

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Shiitake Old Fashioned

  • 1 ½ oz. bourbon
  • ½ oz. sesame-washed bourbon
  • ½ oz. shiitake-demerara syrup (see below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel, cherry for garnish

Sesame-washed bourbon

  • 1 oz. sesame oil
  • 1 cup bourbon

Shiitake-Demerara Syrup

Makes approximately 3 cups

  • 2 cups demerara sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups shiitake mushrooms


Shiitake Old Fashioned

  • Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until well-chilled. Strain over a large cube in a rocks glass and garnish with a skewered cocktail cherry. Express the oils from the orange peel over the glass and drop the peel in the glass.

Sesame-washed bourbon

  • Add ingredients to a food safe container and stir well to incorporate. Cover and move to the freezer and allow to sit for 48 hours, until the oil has frozen and risen to the top of the liquid. Remove the frozen oil and discard. Pass the remaining bourbon through a cheesecloth-lined strainer to remove any residual sesame oil. Will keep in the refrigerator for one month and in the freezer for longer.

Shiitake-Demerara Syrup

  • Bring the water and demerara to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over the shiitakes and allow it to cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight to allow it to infuse. Strain out and discard the mushrooms before moving the syrup to the refrigerator. Will keep for approximately 2 weeks.

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