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Our maple old fashioned cocktail recipe is smooth and slightly sweet with hints of maple and orange; making it the perfect after dinner drink.
The old fashioned, a drink that has been around for a long time. However, it’s popularity in the United States soared during the prohibition years. Now, you might be wondering, what does prohibition have to do with this cocktail?
Well, when alcohol was officially criminalized in the U.S., most bars or speakeasy’s (as they were called at the time) had to find other distributors. Unfortunately, the home distilled, pure grain alcohol tasted awful. In order to hide this terrible flavor, bartenders stared making the old fashioned.
A simple drink, made with distilled liquor, and loaded with citrus, fruit, and sugar. All in an effort to make the booze drinkable. Fortunately, prohibition ended and now we can create and share tasty drink recipes, like the one below. Let’s get started!
Equipment Needed to Make an Old Fashioned Cocktail:
- Cocktail Shaker
- Old Fashioned Glasses
- Microplane (for zesting the orange)
- Juicer (for juicing the orange)
Old Fashioned Recipe Instructions:
First, grab the bourbon, maple syrup, and orange juice. Also, you’ll need something to measure out all the ingredients. We use a shot glass or metal jigger.
For the mixing portion of the cocktail recipe, Kim used a shaker cup set that she bought me for Christmas a few years ago. Be sure to put a handful of ice into your shaker before you get started.
Next, in the shaker cup with ice, (or other container-see tip number three ((3)) below) pour in the bourbon. Kim used two (2) ounces of bourbon for our drink. If that’s too much for you, feel free to reduce it a little.
Then, to the alcohol, add the sweet maple syrup. For our old fashioned cocktail, I prefer organic maple syrup from Vermont. I know it’s a little expensive. But, I barely use it, so a small bottle can last me more than a month.
Last, add the orange juice to the shaker. Seal it and give a good shake to make sure all of the ingredients are properly mixed. At this point, you can get your garnishments ready. We used cherries and an orange twist.
That’s it, your maple old fashioned cocktail recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the drink and wish you all the best 🙂
Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe Tips:
Remember in the opening paragraphs when I talked about this cocktail’s popularity during prohibition? Well, prohibition ended a long time ago, so there’s no reason to keep buying cheap, rotgut liquor. If you’re going to go through the trouble of looking up a recipe and buying the ingredients, then buy a quality bourbon. Splurge a little, your tummy will thank you!
Out of maple syrup? Then make a simple syrup instead by combining one (1) cup of sugar with one (1) of tap water. Grab a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Add the sugar and water and whisk them together. You’ll only want to heat the water enough to dissolve the sugar. That’s it, now you have a simple syrup that you can use in the recipe.
Don’t have a fancy shaker cup? No problem, grab a mason jar and a lid or any other sealed container. Worse case scenario, use a plastic cup to hold the liquid and spoon to stir everything together. See, like I said, no problem.
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Maple Old Fashioned
- 2 Ounces Bourbon
- 1 Ounces Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Ounce Orange Juice
- 1 Dash Bitters
- Place all ingredients in a drink shaker with ice.
- Shake to mix.
- Place additional ice in a glass and pour Maple Old Fashioned over ice.
- Garnish with an orange wedge, cherries, or orange zest.