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A Cozy Sip Perfect for Fall

By Inside Columbia
Hannah Hawkins shows a vanilla chai old fashioned

Photos by L.G. Patterson

When the temperature begins to drop and a cozy sweater won’t do the trick, Park’s signature vanilla chai old fashioned is bound to warm you up. This variation on a traditional old fashioned elevates the classic with notes of cinnamon and cardamom, as well as a hint of sweetness from the vanilla.

Gather fireside at our community table and enjoy the warmth of this vanilla chai old fashioned!

Hannah Hawkins is head bartender at Park Restaurant & Bar.

Park Restaurant & Bar cocktail. Old Fashioned vanilla chai

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned


  • 4 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters
  • 3 vanilla chai black tea bags
  • 2 1/2 ounces maple syrup
  • 2 ounces Elijah Craig bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Orange slice and peel
  • Cinnamon stick


  • First make the vanilla chai simple syrup by boiling one cup of water and adding three vanilla chai tea bags, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Let cool.
  • Muddle a slice of orange in 3⁄4 ounces of the vanilla chai simple syrup with four dashes of orange bitters. Stir well.
  • Strain into a glass over ice and add 2 ounces of bourbon. Line the rim with the orange peel and drop it in with the cinnamon stick to garnish. Enjoy!

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