Canadian Breakfast: a Twist on Old Fashioned | Giovanni Ceccarelli

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The drink I propose today is a twist of the more famous Old Fashioned.

David Wondrich in his book, Imbibe, claims that the drink could not have been invented in 1881 at the Pendennis club because in 1880, Samuel Tilden, the Al Gore of his time, decided not to run again for the president, and toasted with the Democrats with “hot whiskeys … sours mashes and old-fashioned cocktails”.

For this drink I took inspiration from the typical Canadian breakfast: waffle and maple syrup. The Canadian breakfast is sweet but non-invasive, with a scent reminiscent of “grandmother cookies”. This cocktail is an ideal after dinner.



  • 5 cl Rye Whiskey Infused with Waffle *
  • 1 cl Maple Syrup;
  • 3 Dash Angostura Bitters;
  • meringue in decoration.


Pour Maple syrup into an Old Fashioned glass, the three dashes of Angostura bitters and Waffle flavoured Rye Whiskey. Mix the ingredients and fill the glass of ice. Stir until the desired dilution is reached. The same operation can be done in a mixing glass with the stir & strain technique, then straining the drink on new ice. Decorate with a meringue.

Click here to find the recipe and preparation of the waffle whiskey.


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