If you like dates. If you like old fashioneds. Then this drink is for you. It's purposefully kept simple to lets these two flavors shine together, with background singers of lemon and thyme. Keep the syrup in the fridge. For more old fashioneds, for your next morning cold brew, for oatmeal drizzle, whatever. —OhCuriousRose
There are three way to accomplish the fist step: Dice the dates very fine with your knife, process them, or blend with the one cup of water in a blender. Whatever is easiest for your kitchen. (You'll get about 1/2 cup mashed dates).
Add the dates and water to a small saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring well to continue to break the dates up -- as they heat up it will get cloudy and very soft.
Stir in the brown sugar and thyme, letting the sugar dissolve. Bring heat to a simmer for another 5-10 minutes til it reaches a syrup consistency. Turn off heat and add the orange blossom water. Let cool.
Pour through a strainer into a container. Discard the solids or (removing thyme) save the leftover date mash for morning smoothie.
For Old Fashioned (1 Drink)
Get a pretty glass, put some ice in it. Add bitters, lemon, then your syrup and bourbon. Garnish with thyme sprigs.
This is very much open to tweaking. I prefer a little extra lemon and bitters, my Husband likes it sweeter. You do you.