Old fashioned marmalade on table with cheese and bread

“Old Fashioned” Orange Marmalade

  • Author: Maury
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2:10 min
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


This “Old Fashioned” Orange Marmalade recipe is what happens when you cross orange jam with bourbon and Angostura bitters! It’s a grown-up jam that you can put with meats, cold cuts, and desserts. 



  • 4 oranges
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 4 cups of water
  • 100g of Bourbon
  • 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters


  1. Cut oranges and Grapefruit
    1. slice them roughly into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Removing the seeds that you find.
  2. Add 4 cups of sugar to the pot
  3. Add 4 cups of water. Put a plate in the freezer to test consitency.
  4. Simmer for 2 hours on medium heat. Stir occasionally to make sure no burnt pieces are sticking to the bottom. 1:45 minutes into the cooking time, check the consistency and stir again. Sometimes it may be ready earlier than 2 hours. 
  5. Take out the plate from the freezer and put a dollop of the marmalade. In a few seconds, it should gel and set.
  6. Add bourbon and Angostura Bitters
    1. Add 100g of bourbon, roughly 1/2 cup, and 4-5 dashes of angostura bitters. Stir and simmer again for 1 minute to cook out some of the alcohol.
  7. Let chill to room temperature
    1. Turn off the heat and place it in containers to store. Leave uncovered until it gets to room temperature.


If you want a sweeter, more straightforward marmalade, replace the grapefruit with a lemon. 


  • Category: Marmalade
  • Method: Preserves
  • Cuisine: American, Brittish, Fusion


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 49
  • Sugar: 12
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: .1
  • Protein: .1
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: Orange Marmalade, Old Fashioned