Persimmon Spiced Warm Old Fashioned Recipe | PBS Food

Persimmon Spiced Warm Old Fashioned

Make a big batch of this festive cocktail to delight your holiday party guests. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)



  • Persimmon syrup:
  • 1 fuyu persimmon, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 allspice berries
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 to 6 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Accompaniments:
  • Bourbon, of choice
  • Hot water 


  1. To make the syrup, place a small saucepan over medium heat. Combine all of the ingredients for the syrup. Bring to a simmer and immediately bring down the heat to low; allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, until very fragrant. Strain the mixture, discarding the solids. You should end up with about 1/3 cup syrup. 
  2. To make a warm old fashioned, add 3 ounces of syrup to each mug. Top with 3 ounces bourbon and about 2 ounces hot water. Garnish with a persimmon slice. 
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