The Riff

Sweet Potato Old Fashioned

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Kursten Berry's Sweet Potato Old Fashioned, a fall old fashioned riff
Courtesy Photo

This recipe from Kursten Berry gives the typical old fashioned, which she considers the “perfect drink,” an earthy, sweet taste by using a sweet potato simple syrup to turn it into a seasonally ready, fall old fashioned. This dresses up the classic beverage, the sweet potato flavor making it a fun, unexpected choice to serve at family Thanksgiving or other gatherings. Berry recommends using the rich and creamy sweet potato syrup from the woman-owed, New Orleans-based company El Guapo. She also uses their barrel-aged vanilla bitters to add warm, baking spice notes.

recipe heading-plus-icon


Serves 1

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce El Guapo sweet potato syrup
  • 2 dashes pecan bitters
  • 4 dashes El Guapo barrel-aged vanilla bitters
  • Garnish: Beautiful Briny Sea orange chili sugar or orange peel
  1. Combine bourbon, sweet potato syrup, pecan bitters, and El Guapo barrel aged vanilla bitters into mixing glass or shaker with ice. Stir or shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Wet half the rim of a rocks glass and coat in orange chili sugar. Strain over a king cube into prepared rocks glass or simply garnish with an orange peel.
  • Recipe By
    Kursten Berry
  • Contributing City

Related Recipes


Classic Old Fashioned Recipe

To Kursten Berry, an old fashioned is "the perfect drink," and her simple classic [...]

The Riff

An Autumn Riff on the Classic Old Fashioned

Atlanta-based beverage professional Kursten Berry offers three takes on the classic old fashioned, relying [...]


Sweet Potato Bourbon Milk Punch

Kursten Berry's sweet potato milk punch is spicy, warm, sweet, and a delightful companion [...]

Leave a Reply

Be the first to comment.