Cocktail-Inspired Old Fashioned Donuts


A splash of bourbon, a few maraschino cherries, and some orange zest make these cake donuts taste just like an old fashioned cocktail. Cheers to a delicious dessert recipe (for adults only)!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
15 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup finely chopped maraschino cherries

  • cup sour cream

  • 2 tablespoon bourbon

  • 2 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • Orange zest


  1. Coat six 3- to 3 1/2-inch indentations of a donut pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together egg, cherries, sour cream, 1 tablespoon bourbon, and cherry juice. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir just until combined (do not overmix).

  3. Spoon batter into a gallon-sized resealable bag. Snip off one corner and pipe batter into the prepared donut pan indentations. Lightly coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Place plastic wrap, coated side down, over donut batter. Chill for 2 to 24 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap. Bake about 15 minutes or until donuts are light golden brown and spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully invert pan to remove donuts.

  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine powdered sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon bourbon, and enough of the milk to make a thick glaze.

  6. As soon as donuts are cool enough to handle, dip or spread with bourbon glaze and sprinkle with orange zest. Serve warm.

    Cocktail Donut
    Hannah Bigot

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

339 Calories
11g Fat
55g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 339
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 381mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 60mg 1%
Folate, total 43.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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