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Simple Cocktail Recipe: Maple Old Fashioned


Maple Old Fashioned Recipe…

In the past decade there has been a widespread resurgence in the world of cocktails. Thrown back into mainstream consciousness, this renewed interest was cultivated through multiple pop culture references and alongside a growing appreciation for refined culinary experiences that often highlighted new foods and drinks.

It wasn’t long ago that the world of cocktails was filled with gimmicky drinks meant to mask the taste of the alcohol. Now, cocktails are being crafted by bartenders with an ever-growing list of ingredients and spirits that are being combined into artful libations. These drinks are purposely concocted to accentuate and highlight the flavors of the spirits being used.

Despite being a category heavily driven by innovation, creativity and a desire to do something novel – many classic but temporarily forgotten drinks have been thrust back into the spotlight.  One of the most prominent examples is in the case of the “Old Fashioned”.

81-old-fashioned1The Old Fashioned was one of the first cocktails ever created, and should be a standard for any competent bartender. Its history has been traced back to the 1880’s, with the name first appearing as a bourbon based drink at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky. It is one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. It’s a staple.

Now, if you asked 10 different bartenders how to make an Old Fashioned, you may get 10 different answers and they would all claim their way is the truly correct one. And, although they would likely all be almost identical, there are a few subtle variations on this classic cocktail.  At its most basic, the Old Fashioned is traditionally made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding the alcohol and a twist of citrus rind, served over ice in a short round tumbler (the namesake of the “Old Fashioned” glass is derived from the cocktail). The use of whiskey is most typical, primarily bourbon or rye. The drink is usually garnished with orange wedge/rind or lemon peel, and sometimes a cocktail cherry.

Our recipe is fairly standard, with one major deviation.  Maple syrup replaces the sugar. Using Maple syrup instead of a simple syrup or white sugar adds a nice depth of flavor along with the desired sweetness in what is still a whiskey-drinkers cocktail through and through. It appeals to the bourbon drinker, Old Fashioned purists, but also to anyone attempting to enter the category.

The world of cocktails can be a bit intimidating for beginners. This recipe is pretty simple, and therefore approachable for novices who want to make a tasty drink for themselves or impress guests. It is the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a cold or snowy evening. So cozy up in front of the fireplace with a tasty Maple Old Fashioned. Cheers!



  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • orange peel


Combine the Maple syrup, bitters, and whiskey into a mixing glass.  Add ice and stir. Strain into a lowball glass over a large ice cube. Rim the glass with a slice of orange peel, and then use it to garnish the drink. 

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