Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail Drink

Maple Old Fashioned

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a simple yet delicious cocktail? This Maple Old Fashioned recipe is your answer! It’s an easy-to-make drink with a punch of flavor, ideal for those cozy autumn evenings.

Maple Old Fashioned Recipe

Warm up your evenings with this straightforward Maple Old Fashioned recipe! It's a delightful mix of bourbon, maple syrup, bitters, and a zest of orange.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

179 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Bitters: Add 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the mixing glass.
  • Add Maple Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz maple syrup into the glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the mix.
  • Add Ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently until well chilled and mixed.
  • Strain: Strain your drink into your chilled old fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Zest an orange peel on top of the drink and place it into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a good substitute. It has a spicier profile than bourbon's sweeter taste, but it still works well in this cocktail.
  • Maple Syrup: Honey can be used as a substitute for maple syrup if needed. It adds a different kind of sweetness that complements the bourbon nicely.
  • Angostura Bitters: If you're out of Angostura bitters, orange bitters can be used instead. They add a citrusy note to the drink that pairs well with the orange garnish.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 4 oz of maple syrup, and 16 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters with ice cubes. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with an orange twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol.
  • Angostura bitters: use a non-alcoholic alternative and if you are out of it prepare a syrup infused with cinnamon, cloves and gentian root to mimic the complex flavor of Angostura bitters.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Maple Syrup: Ensure your maple syrup is vegan. Some brands process their syrup with animal-derived products. Look for brands that specify they're vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've ensured your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Maple Old Fashioned.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
179
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Potassium
 
33
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
15
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.04
mg
0
%

 

Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail Drink

Maple Old Fashioned Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Warm up your evenings with this straightforward Maple Old Fashioned recipe! It's a delightful mix of bourbon, maple syrup, bitters, and a zest of orange.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 179

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Bitters: Add 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the mixing glass.
  • Add Maple Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz maple syrup into the glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the mix.
  • Add Ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently until well chilled and mixed.
  • Strain: Strain your drink into your chilled old fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Zest an orange peel on top of the drink and place it into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a good substitute. It has a spicier profile than bourbon's sweeter taste, but it still works well in this cocktail.
  • Maple Syrup: Honey can be used as a substitute for maple syrup if needed. It adds a different kind of sweetness that complements the bourbon nicely.
  • Angostura Bitters: If you're out of Angostura bitters, orange bitters can be used instead. They add a citrusy note to the drink that pairs well with the orange garnish.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 4 oz of maple syrup, and 16 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters with ice cubes. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with an orange twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol.
  • Angostura bitters: use a non-alcoholic alternative and if you are out of it prepare a syrup infused with cinnamon, cloves and gentian root to mimic the complex flavor of Angostura bitters.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Maple Syrup: Ensure your maple syrup is vegan. Some brands process their syrup with animal-derived products. Look for brands that specify they're vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've ensured your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Maple Old Fashioned.

What is a Maple Old Fashioned?

A Maple Old Fashioned is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, maple syrup, and Angostura bitters. This drink is not complicated to make but requires precision in balancing the sweetness of the maple syrup with the robustness of the bourbon.

The Maple Old Fashioned is a variant of one of history’s oldest cocktails – The Old Fashioned. It maintains all its predecessor’s sophistication while adding an extra layer of depth and warmth through sweet, earthy notes from pure maple syrup.

An exciting aspect of this cocktail is its versatility; it can be enjoyed year-round but truly shines during autumn when fresh harvests bring out rich flavors that complement those in this classic concoction. Despite being simple at heart, each sip reveals complex layers, making it a favorite among novices and connoisseurs.

A high angle shot of a Maple Old Fashioned cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden board on a wooddedn table with a knife and a bowl with orange wedges around, in front of a green background.

What is a Maple Old Fashioned made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to mix up a Maple Old Fashioned:

  • Bourbon: The base spirit of the cocktail, bourbon provides a rich, smooth, and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: Used as a sweetener, it adds a unique, earthy sweetness that complements the bourbon.
  • Angostura Bitters: These add complexity and balance to the drink, preventing it from being overly sweet.
  • Orange Peel: Used for garnish, it adds a subtle citrus aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
  • Ice Cubes: These are used to chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong flavors, making the cocktail more enjoyable.

Bourbon, maple syrup, and Angostura aromatic bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Maple Old Fashioned?

Create your own Maple Old Fashioned by following our simple instructions:

1
<p>Start by chilling an old fashioned glass, fill it up with ice and leave aside while you are preparing the drink.</p>

Start by chilling an old fashioned glass, fill it up with ice and leave aside while you are preparing the drink.

2
<p>Add two dashes of angostura bitters to a mixing glass, setting the complexity of the drink.</p>

Add two dashes of angostura bitters to a mixing glass, setting the complexity of the drink.

3
<p>Add half an ounce of maple syrup to the glass, providing a sweet counterpoint to the bourbon's strength.</p>

Add half an ounce of maple syrup to the glass, providing a sweet counterpoint to the bourbon's strength.

4
<p>Pour in two ounces of your preferred bourbon.</p>

Pour in two ounces of your preferred bourbon.

5
<p>Fill your mixing glass with ice and stir the ingredients for about 45 revolutions, this will ensure the drink will be chilled and slightly diluted.</p>

Fill your mixing glass with ice and stir the ingredients for about 45 revolutions, this will ensure the drink will be chilled and slightly diluted.

6
<p>Replace the ice of your old fashioned with fresh one and strain your drink over the ice.</p>

Replace the ice of your old fashioned with fresh one and strain your drink over the ice.

7
<p>Finally, garnish the drink by squeezing an orange peel over the old fashioned glass.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink by squeezing an orange peel over the old fashioned glass.

8
<p>Then, add the orange twist into the old fashioned glass. The citrus and fruit flavors will add a final layer of complexity to your Maple Old Fashioned.</p>

Then, add the orange twist into the old fashioned glass. The citrus and fruit flavors will add a final layer of complexity to your Maple Old Fashioned.

Variations

Considering other possibilities? Here are a few that we highly recommend:

  • Caramel Apple Old Fashioned: Infusing caramel and apple flavors, this brings a sweet, sticky touch to the classic. The caramel adds a rich, buttery sweetness that complements the crisp apple notes. I love the nostalgic fall flavor it evokes; it feels like sipping a caramel apple.
  • Maple Pecan Old Fashioned: This combines the silky sweetness of maple syrup with the nutty richness of pecans. The toasted pecans give the bourbon a deeper, nuttier edge. I enjoy the autumnal warmth this blend offers; it’s perfect for a cozy evening by the fire.
  • Spiced Maple Old Fashioned: Adding warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, this creates a cozy, autumnal feel. The spices enhance the maple syrup’s sweetness and add a comforting depth to the bourbon. The subtle spice makes it perfect for a chilly evening.

A Maple Old Fashioned cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, maple syrup and Angostura aromatic bitters

History and Origin of the Maple Old Fashioned

The Maple Old Fashioned came from these changes. We are still determining exactly when or where it started. But it probably happened during the late 20th and early 21st centuries when bartenders began to try different sweeteners instead of sugar or simple syrup. They found that maple syrup worked well because of its rich flavor and natural sweetness.

Maple syrup also has a long history in America. Native Americans made it before European settlers came. In places like Vermont and Quebec, with many maple trees, people have used it for hundreds of years.

So even though we have yet to find out who made the first Maple Old Fashioned or where they made it, we can see how it came from two old traditions: the classic Old Fashioned cocktail and using maple syrup as a sweetener.

Nowadays, many people enjoy the Maple Old Fashioned because of its smooth mix of whiskey and maple sweetness. It shows how much people still love the Old Fashioned and how creative bartenders can be.

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Maple Old Fashioned contain?
A standard serving contains approximately 180-200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredient brands.
How strong is a Maple Old Fashioned cocktail?
The strength depends on the alcohol content of the whiskey used. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 30%, translating to 70 proof. This makes it a relatively strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Maple Old Fashioned?
A traditional version uses bourbon as its primary alcohol -the bourbon's rich, full-bodied flavor pairs well with the sweetness of the maple syrup.
In what kind of glass is a Maple Old Fashioned served?
It's typically served in a short, round, tumbler-like glass known as an old-fashioned or rocks glass.
What does a Maple Old Fashioned taste like?
The taste is complex and layered. The bourbon provides warmth and depth, while the maple syrup adds a sweet, earthy flavor. Adding bitters balances the sweetness and brings out the subtler notes in the bourbon.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Maple Old Fashioned?
The standard ratio is two parts bourbon to half part maple syrup, with a few dashes of bitters added for balance.
How is a Maple Old Fashioned served with ice?
The drink is usually served over ice, sometimes a one large ice cube or sphere that melts slowly and dilutes the drink slowly.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Maple Old Fashioned?
You can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the bourbon and the bitters with non-alcoholic spirits, now available on the market.
Is there a specific type of maple syrup that should be used in a Maple Old Fashioned?
While any type of pure maple syrup will work, darker, grade A syrups are often recommended for their robust flavor.
What do I do if I am out of maple syrup?
The drink is a quite simple combination of ingredients, feel free to experiment with any other sweetener of your preference instead of using maple syrup.

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