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Kellie Thorn’s Gnista Coffee Old-Fashioned

A more grown up option for those who have outgrown the espresso martini but still love coffee cocktails. Rich, sophisticated, and still guaranteed to give you a bit of a caffeine kick.


  • 2 ounces Gnista Barreled Oak
  • ¼ ounce Rich Coffee and Vanilla Syrup (see note for recipe)
  • 3 heavy dashes of Fee Bros. Barrel Aged Bitters
  • orange peel


  1. In a mixing glass, combine Gnista Barreled Oak, syrup, and bitters.
  2. Add ice and stir gently.
  3. Strain over a large cube in a rocks glass.
  4. Express orange peel over the glass, and drop in to serve.

To make Rich Coffee and Vanilla Syrup 

Mix together 2 cups of hot, strong brewed coffee, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of premium vanilla extract (or more to taste). Stir until sugar is entirely dissolved. Allow to cool completely before using. Store in refrigerator.