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Cotton Candy Old Fashioned


As we all know, presentation is important when wowing your guests and this cotton candy old fashioned will do just that!! We skipped the simple syrup and instead added a beautiful puff of orange cotton candy to the top of a classic old fashioned cocktail. The cotton candy acts as the sweetener and melts as soon as you mix the cocktail. Since we wanted fresh cotton candy, we bought a tiny and very affordable little machine to make it with! I was pleasantly surprised to find it works like a champ and it’s completely worth the $25! We also used this orange floss sugar to keep it easy, but you can definitely go the homemade cotton candy route too. We’ve been having fun using the machine and making cotton candy. It brings out the best childhood memories and we’re happy we still get to enjoy it… in a much more sophisticated way! This uniquely classic drink will definitely be a hit with your guests. Cheers to the cotton candy old fashioned!

Cotton Candy Old Fashioned
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel
  • Large round ice cube
  • A puff of orange cotton candy
  1. In an old fashioned glass, add the bourbon, bitters and orange peel and gently muddle the orange to release the oils.
  2. Add a large round or square ice cube and a puff of orange cotton candy on the top!
  3. Stir the cotton candy in before drinking.
  4. To make the cotton candy, follow the directions on the machine. It’s super easy to do and once the machine is heated, you can make many puffs of cotton candy quickly. Enjoy responsibly!
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8 responses to Cotton Candy Old Fashioned

  1. September 1, 2015

    This is all kinds of brilliant – like SO smart!
    Thanks for the recipe and for the cotton candy machine rec! So cute!

    1. Eden
      September 1, 2015

      You’re welcome Kristen! Thank you for the sweet comment!!

  2. Pops
    September 1, 2015

    An old Virginian (seriously) once confided in me that the secret of a great old-fashioned was to crack the ice with a large spoon before putting it in–it somehow makes the ice even colder. I’ve tried it and it seems to work—hmm, I feel like one right now!

    1. Eden
      September 1, 2015

      Hmmmm… we’ll have to try that, haha!! PS… be on the lookout for a something arriving at your house tomorrow!!

  3. September 1, 2015

    That looks amazing!

    1. Eden
      September 1, 2015


  4. Kimberley Anderson
    November 3, 2015

    I just bought the same cotton candy machine and I am SO excited to try this cocktail. How fun and it looks delicious!!!

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