A fall-inspired twist on a classic cocktail, this Maple Old Fashioned will warm you up from the inside out on those chilly autumn nights!
Back in the day when I was a bartender, I absolutely loved working on the specialty cocktail list. Most of my bartending jobs were in restaurants that would switch out the cocktail list seasonally, and I loved searching for new recipes and experimenting to create my own fun drinks. And hey, the taste testing part wasn’t so bad either…
One of my favorite cocktails to make (and drink) has always been an Old Fashioned. Bourbon, sugar (purists will use a sugar cube), Angostura bitters, a tiny bit of water, and an orange peel combine to make one of the original cocktails. No seriously…this cocktail is about 200 years old. Not gonna lie, though…sometimes it’s fun to mix it up a little. That’s why one of my favorite ways to enjoy this absolute classic is to give it a satisfying twist and use maple syrup instead of the sugar cube.
I’ve seen this recipe made with rye whiskey before, and you could certainly do that, but just like in my classic Old Fashions, I prefer bourbon. What’s the difference, you ask? The short answer is that bourbon is made from 51% corn mash while rye is made from 51% rye mash. Rye ends up with a spicier flavor profile that is delicious, just not my personal favorite when combined with the sweetness of the maple in this cocktail.
How to Make a Maple Old Fashioned:
Using a vegetable peeler, peel off a little orange peel (around 3-4 inches) and run it around the rim of the glass. Next, pour the bourbon, maple syrup (make sure you’re using the real stuff!), water, and a few dashes of the bitters into the glass. Stir until the maple syrup dissolves, then add a couple of ice cubes. Give the orange peel a good twist over the drink, then add it in. You could also add a maraschino cherry for garnish! Make a few and serve to your friends, impressing them with your fancy (wink wink) bartender skills!
Want more cocktail ideas? Try my Peach Iced Tea!
**This post was sponsored by The Glass Barn, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Maple Old Fashioned
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 tsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Water
- 3-4 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- Orange Peel
- Using a vegetable peeler, peel off a 3 to 4 inch chunk of orange peel. Rub the peel along the rim of a cocktail glass, and set aside.
- Add the bourbon, bitters, maple syrup, and water into the glass. Gently stir until the maple syrup is dissolved.
- Add ice cubes.
- Twist the orange peel over the glass to release the oils, then add the orange peel to the cocktail.