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Grilled Orange Old Fashioned

It’s been a good run, pumpkin spice latte, but it might just be time to hang up your hat. According to, a Grilled Orange Old Fashioned - a sweet, smoky bourbon cocktail - is the real drink of the Thanksgiving season.

Since Prohibition ended in Mississippi in 1966, the road was cleared for manufacturing spirits manufacturing. Now, Kiln’s Crittenden Distillery and Jackson’s Cathead Distillery craft local bourbon and gin options for holiday cocktails.

Makes 4 servings.

Grilled orange old fashioned cocktail
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  • 1 navel orange, sliced

  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 4 maraschino cherries

  • 8 oz. good bourbon or rye

  • ¼ cup simple syrup

  • 4 large marshmallows


  1. Heat a grill to medium-high. Grill sliced navel orange, turning occasionally, just until charred, 2 to 4 minutes.

  2. Muddle oranges, Angostura bitters, and maraschino cherries in a pitcher until fruit is slightly mashed. Stir in bourbon or rye and simple syrup.

  3. Thread marshmallows on skewers and grill, turning, until charred, about 1 minute.

  4. Divide into four glasses half filled with ice and garnish each with a roasted marshmallow.


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