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Cocktail Crafty



An Old-Fashioned Father's Day


A sample of Maker's 46 was received for this post.

This father's Day is particularly special for my family, as it will be with my husband's first. Finding out we were having a baby was the biggest surprise of our lives. Now, that our daughter is here we couldn't imagine life without her. To mark the special occasion I decided to create a Build Your Own Old-Fashioned Bar for Father's Day.

Simple to create, a Build Your Own Old-Fashioned Bar is a great way to impress guests while keeping you free to mingle. Simply provide a bottle or two of bourbon, citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), sugar, and spices. Guests will have fun creating their own Old Fashioned recipe.

It's tradition in my husband's family to celebrate Dad with a bottle of bourbon. Every year my husband searches for a new bourbon he and his dad (and I) can share. This year we'll be sipping Maker's 46.

Maker's 46 is the newest product from Maker's Mark. Fully matured Maker's Mark is aged with seared wooden stages until the flavor is exactly right.  At 94 proof Maker's 46 has a rich and creamy caramel flavor with an oaky flavor. The perfect bourbon for enjoying an Old Fashioned.

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Maker’s Mark® Old Fashioned

1.5 ounces Maker’s Mark®

Splash of club soda or water

1 teaspoon sugar

Orange Slice

Maraschino Cherry


Muddle bitters and sugar in an Old-Fashioned glass. 

Fill glass 3/4 full of ice.

Add Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and splash of club soda or water.

Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

To make Ginger Tea Syrup:

Combine 2 parts steeped ginger tea with one part granulated sugar in a mason jar. 

Seal jar tightly and shake until sugar dissolves.

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Ginger Tea Old-Fashioned

1.5 ounces Bourbon

.25 ounce Ginger Tea Infused Syrup

6 drops 18.21 Barrel Aged Bitters

Lemon Peel for garnish


Combine bourbon, syrup, and bitters in an old-fashioned glass.

Fill with ice and stir.

Garnish with lemon peel.