Last Updated on February 6, 2022 by The Noms
This Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe is perfect for the fall, or all winter long! A sweet version of the classic, with some nutty and baked flavors, too, for this Maple Cocktail!
The Old Fashioned might be the most famous and original American cocktail. Likewise Thanksgiving was originally an American holiday so we figured serving an Old Fashioned would be a great maple cocktail to serve on Thanksgiving, too.
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When we sit down to plan our Thanksgiving meal, one thing we always have to plan for is a good cocktail. We usually sip on one in the hours after our big meal while we are hanging with family. We always want to serve something seasonal, so this year we are came up with the Maple Old Fashioned cocktail recipe. It’s a fall flavored variation of one of our favorite classic cocktails.
If You are Looking for a Classic Cocktail, Try These!
- Gin and Jam
- Blood and Sand
- Clover Club
- Christmas Old Fashioned
- Ward Eight
- Raspberry Gimlet
- Pimm’s Cup
- Apple Cider Sidecar
- Lavender Bee’s Knees
- Hibiscus Salty Dog
- Pisco Sour
- Champs Elysees
Maple syrup is one of those great fall flavors that often gets overshadowed by big fall flavors like apple or pumpkin spice. We also think maple shouldn’t be one that cocktail drinkers skip when the leaves start to fall. Sweet and rich, maple is great for cocktails as it can be used to add flavor while adding sweetness without diluting the drink.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Maple Old Fashioned?
- Angostura Bitters
- Maple Syrup
- Bourbon (super easy combo, more info below!)
Full of a roasted nutty flavor, the maple syrup works really well with the baking spices commonly found in fall dishes.
The Old Fashioned uses a uniquely American spirit, bourbon, as its base spirit. Bourbon also is a great spirit to use for fall drinks, its rich notes of vanilla and caramel working really well with fall flavors. A bit heavier than light spirits like gin, bourbon can make a drink that is smooth and sippable while spreading a nice warmth.
For our Maple Old Fashioned, the bourbon is paired up with the maple syrup. Together they make a delicious combination of sweet, toasty flavors that works really well. This Maple Cocktail is a not miss.
A Flavored Old Fashioned?
A true Old Fashioned cocktail recipe has to have bitters, as bitters serve as the salt and pepper for a bartender. Made by infusing spices, herbs and botanicals in high proof spirits to make a complex flavor. Also, bitters can give a drink a whole new characteristic and layer of flavor that can make a drink come alive.
We wanted to add a hint of baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Then we added a nice aromatic bitter (you can use a classic like Angostura or mix it up and use something like orange bitters.)
If You Are Looking for More Bourbon Cocktails, Try These!
- Watermelon Bourbon Cooler
- Roast and Toast
- Apricot Sour
- Earl of Orange
- Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Eggnog
A few dashes of bitters really pulled out the hints of spice from the bourbon while adding in a rich complex characteristic. We garnished the drink with one of our Brandied Cherries and a fresh orange peel which adds a nice perfume to each sip.
We really loved the way the Maple Old Fashioned sweet and spice, richly complex and delightfully boozy, too. Also, we think it will be perfect for gathering friends and family to sip while you ponder that next piece of pie! Check out another flavored Old Fashioned, with this Pine version!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Old Fashioned Cocktails
- Toasted Pecan Old Fashioned – The Speckled Palate
- Roasted Peach Old Fashioned – Mama Gourmand
- Blackberry Lemon Old Fashioned – Rhubarbarians
- Smoked Orange Old Fashioned – Cake N Knife
- Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned – Bon Appetit
- Cognac Old Fashioned
Other Maple Cocktails
- Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour – Cookie and Kate
- Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour – W and P Design
- Maple Syrup Bourbon Cocktail – Honest Cooking
- Bourbon Maple Leaf Cocktail – The Kitchen is My Playground
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A maple version of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.
- .75 ounce maple syrup
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- orange peel for garnish
Add bitters, maple syrup and bourbon to a mixing glass. Stir to chill and dissolve the maple syrup.
Add a large ice cube to a rocks glass.
Strain into rocks glass.
Garnish with an orange peel and brandied cherry, if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 14.3gFiber: 0gSugar: 12.7gProtein: 0g
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