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Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail

This persimmon old-fashioned cocktail is a tasty winter libation. Made with a sweet persimmon puree, rye, and just a touch of seltzer. So easy to make and drink!

Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail in a glass.

I’m not really sure why but persimmons always scared me.

What would they taste like? Would they be tasty? Would I buy it and then end up hating it? All this worry comes from a girl who when a chef asks the question “how adventurous are you?” responds with “lay it on me.”

Well, long story short I bought the persimmon, I tried the persimmon, I ate the persimmon and I drank the persimmon.

It was fabulous and I’m happy to report I’ll be buying more in the future.

Especially if I get to turn them into persimmon old-fashioned cocktails.

Persimmons sitting on a table.

My husband and I own a lot of bourbons.

More bourbon than 2 people should probably ever own.

We jokingly call our spare closet our “store room” for our bourbon.

Basically, we don’t have children so instead, we have cats and bourbon.

Maybe next year we should put them both on our Christmas cards so people get the hint that we are not making babies and instead becoming crazy bourbon-drinking cat people.

Persimmon puree with a Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail in the background.

For this drink, I made a simple puree of ripe persimmon, a little water, and just a touch of brown sugar.

You do not need to add a lot of sugar because you still get some added sweetness from the persimmon and old-fashioned cocktails aren’t supposed to be overly sweet.

However, if you like a sweeter cocktail go on with your bad self and add more sweetness.

I’m never going to tell you how to live your life.

Especially when booze is involved.

Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail garnished with rosemary and cranberries.

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This persimmon old fashioned cocktail is a tasty winter libation. Made with a sweet persimmon puree, rye and just a touch of seltzer. So easy to make and drink!

Persimmon Old Fashioned

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This persimmon old-fashioned cocktail is a tasty winter libation. Made with a sweet persimmon puree, rye, and just a touch of seltzer. So easy to make!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 -1/2 cups puree


For persimmon puree:

  • 2 ripe fuyu persimmons tops removed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup water more may be needed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

For cocktail:

  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons persimmon puree
  • 4 shakes orange bitters
  • Seltzer water
  • Rosemary for garnish, optional
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish, optional


For persimmon puree:

  • Add persimmons, water, and brown sugar to a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick simply thin out with more water until desired consistency has been met. You're looking for the puree to be smooth and just slightly thick. If you want the mixture sweeter add more brown sugar.
  • Should make around 1-1/2 cups but will depend on the persimmon size and amount of water added.

For cocktail:

  • Fill a short cocktail glass with ice.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons persimmon puree and the remaining ingredients.
  • Give a gentle stir to combine.
  • Garnish with rosemary and cranberries if desired. Totally optional but looks really pretty.
  • If you want more fruit and sweetness simply add more puree.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword old fashioned made with persimmon, persimmon cocktail, persimmon old fashioned, persimmon puree, persimmon puree for cocktails
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

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Wednesday 30th of December 2015

See....I've never had a persimmon. Honestly? I can't even pronounce it! But I'd drink this. One of these and I'm slurring in Spanish! Ha! #lightweight

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

I am terrified of persimmons. They look so...weird. Like a tomato. But not. Good for Gina for pushing you to give them a shot! Maybe I can muster up the courage now, because this Old Fashioned looks so lovely, and I know you'd never steer me wrong when it comes to booze.

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

We have a ton of persimmon trees on the ranch. The fruit is a lot smaller than what you find at the grocery store but I'm going to give this a try!

Rose | The Clean Dish

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

I just had persimmons for the first time, ever! Coming from Germany, I didn't even know what they were until I got to NC! I love them so I'm sure this cocktail is friggin amazing! Your pictures are gorgeous, too - as always!

Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

This cocktail is right up my alley - it looks wonderful!


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