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Maple Old Fashioned – A Bourbon Cocktail

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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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Maple Cocktail

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.


Maple Old Fashioned in rocks glass with cherry, ice and lemon peel. Jigger, orange, flowers and jug in background for this Maple cocktail

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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.


Maple Old Fashioned in rocks glass with cherry, lemon peel and ice. Jug, fall leaves and orange in background for this maple cocktail


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.


Maple Old Fashioned in rocks glass with ice and cherry and lemon peel. Orange and flowers in background for this maple cocktail

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.)


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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.


Maple Old Fashioned with ice in rocks glass, cherry and lemon peel. Jigger, orange and flowers in background for this maple cocktail


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!



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Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail
Yield: 1

Maple Old Fashioned - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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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Maple Old Fashioned - whiskey, maple syrup, bitters


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Melanie Greer

Saturday 28th of October 2017

What kind of bitters do you suggest? I am using luxardo cherries in this

The 'Noms.

Saturday 28th of October 2017

We suggest a great aromatic bitters like Angostura.

Cathy Mini

Wednesday 16th of November 2016

Yum!! This looks so delicious--pinning for later!

Melynda Brown

Thursday 10th of November 2016

Maple and bitters? Count me in, pinned.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 13th of November 2016

It's a great combo! Thanks for pinning, cheers!

Jessica Lam

Wednesday 9th of November 2016

This looks so delicious! Great photos!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 13th of November 2016

Thanks so much! Cheers!


Wednesday 9th of November 2016

This sounds amazing and what a perfect holiday cocktail.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 13th of November 2016

Thanks so much, we thought it was perfect for the coming season!

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