Caramelised Pineapple Old Fashioned with Festive Fortune Cookie

Caramelised Pineapple Old Fashioned with Festive Fortune Cookie
Put a fresh twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail this holiday season. Serve with homemade festive fortune cookies for added Christmas fun and cheer.


Serves 4



  • 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp Angostura bitters, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • Ice cubes, to serve
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • Dried pineapple slices, to serve
  • Brown sugar cubes



  1. Combine the pineapple juice, bitters, vanilla, brown sugar and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Divide ice between 4 short glasses. Top with bourbon and serve with syrup. Garnish with pineapple and serve with extra sugar cubes and festive fortune cookies.


Festive Fortune Cookie Recipe

Makes 15



  • 2 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup caster sugar
  • ⅓ cup plain flour
  • ⅓ cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 15 hand-written ‘fortunes’ written on 6cm x 1cm wide strips of greaseproof paper



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the eggs whites in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk, and whisk until stiff peaks. Add the sugar, flour, almond meal and cinnamon; gently fold to combine. Add the butter and fold to combine.
  3. Spoon 1 tsp of the mixture onto the baking sheets and using a lightly oiled spatula (or spoon), smooth the mixture into an 8cm circle.
  4. Repeat with 3 more cookies, allowing 3cm for them to spread between each.
  5. Bake three cookies at a time for 4-5 minutes, or until lightly golden. While hot, working with one at a time, place a message in the middle of each cookie. Fold the circle in half to enclose and pinch the two opposite sides together to create a fortune cookie shape. Hold for 10 seconds to cool, set aside to cool completely. Repeat with remaining mixture.


Smart Tip

Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days. If the cookies become soft, you can crisp them up in a 100°C (80°C fan forced) oven for 10 minutes.


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