A Maple Old Fashioned is a variation on the classic Old Fashioned from the 1800s. The maple version is smooth, with the subtle flavors of maple and orange, and served on the rocks.
If you’re reading this the day that it posts, that means you’re reading it on Thanksgiving Day. And if you’re like millions of others, you’re probably preparing a large meal complete with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, casserole, pumpkin pie (or cheesecake!), and other tasty treats.
Sometime today, your home will be filled with friends and family, and you’ll all sit down and enjoy a great meal together. It sounds like a wonderful time full of love, sharing, and fun all around.
Please don’t let me be the bearer of bad news, but all good things must come to an end. We’re talking about Thanksgiving, so in my mind, that means more dishes than an automatic dishwasher can wash in one load. Then there’s the household full of guests sharing close quarters, bathrooms, bedrooms, and possibly getting on each others’ nerves. That’s how I remember Thanksgivings when there were extra people around, but I know I don’t speak for everyone. Many people love the holiday and all that comes with it.
As an adult, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving was sitting down after a long day when everyone had gone home. John and I would each make a drink, and we would have a nice, quiet, relaxing evening. I usually made some rum concoction, and he had a beer.
I wish I would’ve known about the Maple Old Fashioned then. It’s the perfect drink to help you wind down after a long day.
The Old Fashioned has been around for a very long time, but I like mine slightly sweet. That’s why I prefer the maple version instead of the classic. Not to mention, maple is a wonderful fall flavor, and it pairs well with bourbon.
The Maple Old Fashioned is smooth and slightly sweet with hints of maple and orange citrus. It makes the perfect after-dinner drink. If you’re reading this on Thanksgiving, it’s just what you need to relax after a day of cooking and cleaning.
- 2 ounces bourbon (I used Makers Mark.)
- 1 ounce good maple syrup
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
- dash or two of Angostura bitters
Place all ingredients in a drink shaker with ice.
Shake lightly to mix.
Place additional ice in a glass and pour Maple Old Fashioned over ice.
Garnish with an orange wedge, cherries, or orange zest.
Note: This recipe contains alcohol.