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maple bourbon cocktail

Maple Bourbon Cocktail |

Yesterday was a gray day. dark clouds covered the sky, as far as the eye could see. Needless to say, I didn’t get a lot of photography done, but it gave me an excuse to kick back, relax and enjoy a little quiet time.

Being the food obsessed girl that I am, I got to thinking about season ingredients and how they shape they way we cook. Bright, fresh veggies and fruits in the spring and summer.

Warm, hearty squash, soups and roasts in the fall and winter. Nature just knows what we need and crave and gives it to us.

So, perhaps I’m getting a bit sappy. I just love the changes of seasons (even to the dreaded hot summer months) because it shakes up my cooking and puts a fire under me to try new things.

Maple Bourbon Cocktail |

One ingredient that I simply adore this time of year is maple syrup.

When fall rolls around I can’t help but slip it into every recipe that I can:

I had the thought that I would love to add a touch of the sweet, earthy syrup to a cocktail in place of simple syrup and got to searching around for maple syrup cocktails.

Maple Bourbon Cocktail |

I was in for a treat and more inspiration than I can even begin to note. Bourbon sounded fabulous and I took some inspiration from this maple leaf cocktail from The Kitchn.

I decided to use orange juice instead of lemon juice and also added a small amount of bitters to add some depth of flavor to the drink.

The results were deep and slightly sweet with a lasting warmth from the bourbon and maple. In other words, just what you need to warm your belly on a cold night. Especially on a Friday night!

Maple Bourbon Cocktail |

Happy Friday!

Maple Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes


2 ounces bourbon (I used Makers 46)
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce pure maple syrup
1-2 dashes of angostura bitters
orange peel + maraschino cherry for garnish


Add ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass. Garnish with orange peel and cherry. Serve and enjoy!

November 7th, 2014

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11 comments on “maple bourbon cocktail”

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  2. We love the seasons too- gives us a reason to make new food and drinks! I Love using real maple syrup in drinks too, I’ll be making this one for sure!

  3. This sounds like a warming treat for cool nights!!

  4. I totally need to make this! I love the idea of using maple syrup to sweeten a bourbon cocktail, especially with a few dashes of bitters. I have these Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters that I’ve had no idea what to do with but I bet they would be great in this too!

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  6. I featured you in a recent blog post: !
    This looks so yummy, I need to try it ASAP!

  7. What is the purpose of straining this drink into an ice filled glass as opposed to just mixing it in an ice filled glass ????

    • You could mix it in an ice filled glass if you prefer. I would recommend using a large ice cube if going that route. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Love a quick and delicious cocktail! Perfect for Thanksgiving!!

  9. This looks fantastic! Going to try asap. Your pictures are wonderful as well. Can you tell me where you purchased your old fashioned glasses? Love them! Great job…going to follow!

  10. Love this cocktail made it the other night for a nightcap while I was watching a special on probation perfect drink for a perfect show