Cucumber Fennel Old-fashioned

cucumber old fashioned

A random fact about me: I adore old drinks made with bourbon, gin, and whiskey. When I go out with friends and everyone is tasting the other’s drinks…mine gets passed. OR, a face is made when they taste it. But I don’t understand, at all. The old drinks are amazing!

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This old-fashioned cocktail is fresh and bright with the addition of cucumber and fennel. It is easy to make and delicious to drink!

It took me forever to get this recipe up! As my kids would say…five-ever! I struggled to get decent pictures of this drink for you all. Finally, after 3 separate photo shoots, I just stopped trying for better. This is it. This is what it will be. The end.

But, don’t let my giving up on the photo’s take away from the tastiness of this drink! My lack of skill in the photo department shouldn’t cause you to pass up trying this recipe. If you love old-fashioned’s…you’ll love this!

This drink is made from the peels and stalks of cucumber and fennel. Meaning, it’s made from my food waste :). Making a drink from food waste seems wise and good, don’t you think? Turn the stalks of fennel and the peel of cucumber into a tasty old-fashioned. And if you don’t have fennel…it still tastes great with just the cucumber!


4 ounces of bourbon
1/3 cup of chopped fennel stalk
1/2 cup of cucumber (peel is okay to use!)
1 teaspoon honey


  1. Muddle the bourbon, fennel, cucumber, and honey together.
  2. Add ice into the [easyazon_link identifier=”B000UEE3DG” locale=”US”]cocktail shaker[/easyazon_link] and shake shake shake!
  3. Pour into glass filled with ice and top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with fennel.

Do you love the old drinks, like me?
I’d love to get a little comment telling me what your favorite is.

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2 thoughts on “Cucumber Fennel Old-fashioned”

  1. I’m so glad! I love this one too and am a fan of Gin, as well. All the old one’s :).

  2. I like this drink. Though I used a Rosemary simple syrup (out of honey) and added .5 lime juice. I also made it with Gin for my girlfriend because that’s her spirit of choice. She also loved hers. Thanks for the recipie.

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