Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail

This low carb vanilla old fashioned cocktail is a twist on the classic cocktail that the Mad Men generation enjoyed. Not only does it have a delicate vanilla flavor it’s 0 carb, too!

For this recipe you’ll need: bourbon, vanilla bean, sugar free vanilla syrup ( I used Torani), orange water enhancer, club soda (optional), ice

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This low carb vanilla old fashioned is a delicious twist on a classic cocktail. From

I like a good cocktail after a long day of work. It’s relaxing, civilized, and it makes me feel a little more like an adult. Truth be told I even like a lousy cocktail after a long day of work if it was one of those days. You know what I am talking about, right?

Being a food writer has its weird moments. For example, on the day I was cocktail testing was perfect for photographs at 9 am. At 9:15 am I met the UPS guy at the door with a cocktail in my hand and another behind me on the table. He looked at me with one eyebrow raised and muttered, “tough morning?”

Since most classic cocktails don’t have a lot of heavy ingredients you need to get a really good quality liquor. This is definitely not the spot to use up the cheap, rotgut bourbon your boss gave you for Christmas five years ago. A good bourbon will be rich and smooth with notes of caramel and vanilla and a nice balance between dry and sweet. 1-1/2 ounces of bourbon has 109 calories and no carbs but be careful. Alcohol can stall your weight loss so while once in awhile is fine you definitely don’t want to indulge every night.

Vanilla old fashioned cocktail is low carb! So yummy! From

I like a little club soda in my old fashioned but you can certainly leave it out if you prefer the cocktail to be undiluted. The club soda smooths the alcohol out and gives the drink a little fizz which I enjoy. This is not a sweet drink but it is a nice balance of flavors. Serve it in an on-the-rocks-glass with a couple of ice cubes and a vanilla bean.
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These on the rocks glasses are similar to mine. I love them because they have heavy bottoms so they don’t get knocked over easily. They’re a great addition to your barware collection. This ice ball maker forms ice in a sphere — perfect for whiskey drinks of all kinds. It doesn’t melt very quickly and keeps your drink chilled.

Here’s that Vanilla Old Fashioned cocktail recipe. Cheers!

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Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail

A sweet twist on a classic cocktail - vanilla bean is added to an old fashioned giving it a little sweetness and a delicate vanilla flavor.
Course Bourbon
Cuisine Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Marye


  • 1- inch piece orange peel
  • 1- inch vanilla bean split in half
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon sugar free vanilla syrup I use Torani
  • 2 drops orange water enhancer
  • Club soda to taste.


  • Muddle the orange peel and vanilla bean in the bottom of the glass.
  • Add the bourbon, vanilla syrup, and water enhancer.
  • Stir and add ice.
  • Top with an ounce or two of club soda.


Calories - 131 Carbs:0

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Last Updated 10/31/2020

29 Responses to “Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail”

  1. Too funny about the UPS guy! I’m constantly making things at odd times too, to take advantage of better lighting! This looks like a delicious cocktail, Marye, and definitely one I want to try! And that ice ball maker is really cool!

    • Isn’t it? Let me know what you think.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a vanilla cocktail before but it sounds amazing! And the UPS story is hilarious, the life of a food blogger!!

    • 🙂 Ah… the stories we can tell, right?

  3. I LOVEEE Old Fashioneds! Thanks for this diet-friendly recipe 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Ashley!

  4. I came to love an old fashion when I lived in Green Bay, WI – for me it was a Whiskey Old Fashioned Sour. My fav drink!!! Vanilla? Well I’ll just have to give this a try, cheers! 😀

    • It’s so good. 🙂

  5. orange and vanilla – LOVE this one – cheers!

    • Thanks!

  6. TGIF right? I am totally going to make one of these after work!

    • 🙂

  7. Ahh! I can totally relate to interesting UPS/FEDEX delivery moments 😉 Our drivers now know what I do so it’s all in good fun but it’s still so funny to me sometimes. I love Old Fashioneds, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a vanilla old fashioned. This sounds delicious!

    • The vanilla goes really well. 🙂

  8. What a fabulous concoction, Marye! This sounds like a marvelous cocktail. xo, Catherine

    • 🙂 I think so. 🙂

  9. Though I’m not a bourbon fan, the flavors in this sound amazing! May have to give this cocktail a go regardless. TGIF!

  10. Haha – those UPS guys sure must have some stories to tell! Marye – love the vanilla in this – perfect way to unwind – speaking of unwinding – hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Oh heck yes! Love a good old fashioned but love it even more when you throw in vanilla.

    • It makes a HUGE difference!

  12. I adore vanilla in a cocktail. I’ve had the same exchange with the UPS driver, when he was delivering wine from a client. “This should keep you busy,” he said. 🙂

    • LOL! That is hysterical!

  13. Hello!! Just recently discovered your site! Loving it! I think I’m already driving my husband nuts with all the recipes I’m looking into!
    Anyway, a silly question…what is enhanced water (orange enhanced water)?
    Thank you for all that you do!! It’s quite amazing!

    • water enhancers are flavored drops that go into water to make it like … hmmm… Kool Aid for lack of a better term. There are tons of flavors and they work beautifully in cocktails – if you can’t find them at your store you can follow the links on my posts. They are usually 0 carbs but you should always check.

  14. 🙂 I came across this post while searching for Keto recipes for boozy drinks! I never heard of the water enhancer before, so I looked it up on Amazon. I am going to get some to try! and I’m going to make this a beverage to try soon too! Thanks 🙂

    • Let me know what you think, Shelby. Between water enhancers and sugar free syrups I’ve found I can replicate almost anything!

  15. I am wondering if say, 1/8 tsp. of orange extract could be subbed for the orange water enhancer, as this is what I have on hand. Thanks and Happy New year!

    • Im sure it could.

  16. Always a great side old-fashioned cocktail!!LOVE it!!!!!


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