12 Must-Try Brown Sugar Cocktails

Get ready to elevate your taste buds with the delectable world of brown sugar cocktails! 

brown sugar cocktail, cinnamon and fresh thyme, in a rustic setting

These tantalizing concoctions blend the sweet charm of brown sugar with a mix of spirits, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. 

Perfect for cozy evenings by the fireplace or when you’re in the mood for a little indulgence, these cocktails bring a touch of warmth and sophistication to any occasion. 

So, get your shakers ready and prepare to savor the rich and caramel-like goodness of brown sugar in these delightful cocktails that are sure to leave you craving for more.

Cheers to the irresistible sweetness of brown sugar cocktails!

Bourbon Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned

This classic cocktail gets a delightful twist with the addition of brown sugar, creating a rich and velvety sweetness that complements the smoky notes of bourbon. 

Bourbon Brown Sugar Old-Fashioned garnish with Orange pee and Cinnamon stick

Served over ice with a splash of bitters and an orange twist, it’s the perfect drink for cozy evenings or elegant gatherings. 

The brown sugar adds depth to the traditional old-fashioned, making it an instant favorite for whiskey enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs alike.

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Brown Sugar Old Fashioned

A delightful variation of the classic old-fashioned, this cocktail swaps out the traditional sugar cube for the rich sweetness of brown sugar. 

Brown Sugar Old Fashioned garnish with orange peel

The combination of whiskey, bitters, and a touch of orange creates a balanced and flavorful drink that’s perfect for sipping and savoring. 

Best enjoyed in a dimly lit speakeasy or a laid-back lounge, this cocktail exudes a sense of timeless sophistication.

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Brown Sugar Bourbon Smash

This refreshing and vibrant cocktail brings together the bold flavors of bourbon with the muddled sweetness of brown sugar and fresh fruits. 

Brown Sugar Bourbon Smash garnish with sliced apples and cinnamon stick

With a hint of mint and a splash of lemon juice, each sip is a burst of summer in a glass. 

Perfect for warm afternoons on the patio or beachside picnics, the Brown Sugar Bourbon Smash is a crowd-pleaser that will keep you coming back for more.

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Brown Sugar Cold Brew Cocktail

A match made in coffee heaven, this cocktail combines the smoothness of cold brew with the richness of brown sugar and the kick of vodka. 

Brown Sugar Cold Brew Cocktail recipe

Topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, it’s a decadent treat for coffee lovers. 

Enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up or a dessert cocktail to end the day on a high note.

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Brown Sugar Bourbon Maple Cider

Embrace the flavors of fall with this comforting cocktail that blends the warmth of bourbon with the sweetness of brown sugar and maple. 

Brown Sugar Bourbon Maple Cider recipe

Mixed with apple cider and a touch of lemon juice, it’s a symphony of autumnal delights. 

Best enjoyed around a crackling bonfire or during festive gatherings, this cocktail captures the essence of the season in every sip.

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Brown Sugar Manhattans

Elevate the classic Manhattan with the addition of brown sugar, which imparts a luscious caramel undertone to this timeless cocktail. 

Brown Sugar Manhattans garnish with orange peel and a brandied cherry

Made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters, it’s a cocktail that exudes sophistication and refinement. 

Sip it in a stylish rooftop bar or a cozy lounge for a taste of classic elegance.

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Brown Sugar Fig Bubbly

A sparkling sensation that marries the sparkle of champagne with the sweetness of brown sugar and the lusciousness of figs. 

Brown Sugar Fig Bubbly

This elegant cocktail is perfect for toasting special occasions or celebrating life’s little pleasures. 

The complexity of flavors and the delightful bubbles make it an excellent choice for elevating any moment into a memorable one.

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Brown Sugar & Cinnamon White Russian

A delightful twist on the classic White Russian, this cocktail adds the comforting warmth of brown sugar and the spiciness of cinnamon. 

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon White Russian garnish with Cinnamon stick

The creamy combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream is given a cozy makeover that’s perfect for winter nights by the fire. 

Served over ice with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, it’s the ultimate indulgence in a glass.

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The Monarch

Fit for royalty, this majestic cocktail combines bourbon, amaretto, and a touch of brown sugar for a regal and smooth taste. 

The Monarch cocktail garnish lemon twist and thyme sprig

Served in a crystal glass with a cherry garnish, it’s a drink that commands attention. 

Ideal for upscale gatherings or sophisticated events, The Monarch is a true embodiment of refined taste.

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Brown Butter Old Fashioned Cocktail

Prepare to be enchanted by the nutty and buttery flavors of this inventive cocktail. 

Brown Butter Old Fashioned Cocktail

The addition of brown sugar and brown butter brings a velvety richness to the traditional old-fashioned, elevating it to new heights.

Best enjoyed in the company of good friends or during moments of relaxation, it’s a cocktail that brings comfort and joy with every sip.

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Transport yourself to a winter wonderland with this playful cocktail that captures the essence of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. 

Gingerbread Cookie Cocktail garnish with a gingerbread cookie

Infused with the warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and sweetened with brown sugar, this drink is a delightful treat for the senses. 

Served with a gingerbread cookie garnish, it’s the perfect festive sipper for holiday gatherings and merry celebrations.

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Brown Sugar Pineapple Whiskey Sipper

Escape to a tropical paradise with this enticing cocktail that blends the tropical sweetness of pineapple with the richness of brown sugar and the boldness of whiskey. 

Brown Sugar Pineapple Whiskey Sipper

Served over ice with a splash of lime juice, it’s a refreshing and tantalizing drink that transports you to sun-kissed beaches and turquoise waters. 

Perfect for summer parties or beach vacations, the Brown Sugar Pineapple Whiskey Sipper is a taste of paradise in every sip.

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brown sugar cocktail, cinnamon and fresh thyme, in a rustic setting

12 Brown Sugar Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Check out these delicious and unique brown sugar cocktails that are perfect for any occasion. 


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  2. Gather all the needed ingredients
  3. Prep a tasty cocktail in less than 5 minutes

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12 Must-Try Brown Sugar Cocktails
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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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