NautiCoffee Cocktail Series: Springline Old Fashioned

The only thing better than bourbon and coffee is bourbon and coffee in the same cocktail. Our Springline Old Fashioned recipe is just that! As cocktail recipes gain and lose popularity by season, the old fashioned is a cocktail classic that is always in season. It represents everything a well-crafted cocktail should. We added in our Springline Signature because sometimes you need a little pick me up in your cocktail. We can’t think of anything better than sipping on a bourbon coffee old fashioned portside with a group of friends. 

Springline Old Fashioned


In 1806, it was common for people to begin their day with a drink known as the Whiskey Cocktail. This drink was thought to cure ailments such as headaches and nausea. The whiskey cocktail was a simple mix of sugar, bitters, whiskey, ice, and lemon garnish. Over the years, the whiskey cocktail underwent several changes as bartenders experimented with the blend. It got to the point where the whiskey cocktail could be completely different each time you order it. The public soon got fed up with the constant change, so they requested that the whiskey cocktail be made in the old-fashioned way. The drink almost fell out of circulation during prohibition, although a variation of the cocktail was mentioned in Jerry Thomas’ Bartender Guide: How to Mix Drinks. Called the Old Fashioned Holland Gin Cocktail. This cocktail is closer to the old fashion we know today, but instead used gin instead of whiskey. Credit for today’s old fashioned recipe is given to James E. Pepper, master distiller of his namesake bourbon. The legend goes that Pepper created the cocktail in a private social club in Kentucky called Pendennis. He then took the cocktail to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in 1880, and its popularity began to grow. 

Things to Know 

A few things to keep in mind to help elevate your Springline Old Fashioned. 

  • Large ice cubes aren’t just for show - they’re science. Ice with a larger surface area melts slower than small or crushed ice, ensuring your drink won’t dilute as you drink it. Use a large square or round ice cube. 
  • Our recipe uses simple syrup rather than sugar to give you a richer flavor profile that isn’t too sweet. 
  • Choose a quality high-proof bourbon whiskey, so when all the ingredients are mixed together, the whiskey flavor comes through. 
  • Our recipe uses Godiva chocolate liqueur for a touch of chocolate creaminess. With the hint of orange bitters, this old fashion comes to life as a multidimensional taste sensation, you're sure to enjoy.



  • 1.5oz of your favorite Bourbon Whiskey 
  • .5oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
  • 1oz Springline Signature cold brew 
  • .25oz of simple syrup 
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters 


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. 
  2. Shake well. 
  3. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. 
  4. Garnish with coffee beans and enjoy! 

We’d love to hear what you think of our take on this classic cocktail. Tag us on Facebook at @SpringlineCoffee or Instagram at @springline_coffee and use hashtag #nauticoffee!