The Chocolate Chili Old Fashioned

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My wife and I discovered this delicious Chocolate Chili 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.

Originally my recipe called for 6 dashes of chocolate bitters, but I’ve since backed off a bit when I make these now, down to 3-5 dashes. Still bitters-forward but not overwhelmingly so.

This one remains a favorite of mine, whether I make or whether the bartenders at Tocolo make it.

The Chocolate Chili Old Fashioned

The Chocolate Chili Old Fashioned

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.

Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2.5 ounces 2.5 Bulleit bourbon

  • .75 ounces .75 Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur

  • 3-5 dashes 3-5 Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

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

  • 1 1 Orange twist


  • In a mixing glass, add bourbon, chili liqueur, and bitters
  • Add ice, and stir
  • Add a cherry to a chilled rocks glass, then drop in a large cube
  • Strain cocktail into rocks glass
  • Garnish with orange peel


Recipe Video


  • Note – the video is for an older version of this drink. I’ve since amended the recipe.
Bob Sawyer


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