The Chocolate Chili Old Fashioned

Chocolate Chili Old Fashioned

Course: AnyCuisine: AnyDifficulty: Easy


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My wife and I discovered this delicious Old Fashioned on the menu at Tocolo Cantina in Garden City, New York. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I would have to figure out how to make it at home. Fortunately, Tocolo prints the ingredient list right on their menu! I experimented with the quantities, and of course added my own twist (no pun intended) to the recipe to get it just right.

The Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur adds heat, while the Aztec Chocolate Bitters adds a warm spiciness to an already spicy drink. I like to go a little heavier on the bitters than most folks, so experiment with the amount if you think it’s a little more than you like.

I also like to add a splash of Gran Gala and a crushed Bing cherry for a little fruitiness.


  • 2.5 oz Bulleit bourbon

  • .75 oz Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur

  • 6 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

  • 1 dash Gran Gala

  • 1 cherry, crushed (Bing or whatever, just not a Maraschino)


  • In a rocks glass, add the cherry + a teaspoon(ish) of the cherry juice.
  • Add the bitters, then lightly crush the cherry with a spoon or muddler (you don’t have to destroy it) and mix the juice and bitters around in the glass
  • Add a splash of Gran Gala, the Ancho Reyes liqueur, and the bourbon. Stir.
  • Drop in a large craft ice cube, and serve. Salud!
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Bob Sawyer

Hi! I’m Bob!

If it’s got bourbon in it, I’m drinking it. And if it’s really good, I’m gonna figure out how to make it, and share it with you. Because I’m good like that.




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