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Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

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!

Two maple old fashioned cocktails beside a bowl of cherries.

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.

The maple syrup and other ingredients needed for the cocktail.

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.

The dark bourbon being added to a silver shaker cup.

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.

After the bourbon we added the maple syrup to the shaker.

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.

The orange juice is being added to the shaker cup.

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 🙂

The finished maple old fashioned cocktail recipe garnished with cherries.

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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Yield: 1 Drink

Maple Old Fashioned

The finished maple old fashioned cocktail recipe garnished with cherries.

Our maple old fashioned cocktail recipe is smooth and slightly sweet with hints of maple and orange; making it the perfect after dinner drink.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounces Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Ounce Orange Juice
  • 1 Dash Bitters


  1. Place all ingredients in a drink shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to mix.
  3. Place additional ice in a glass and pour Maple Old Fashioned over ice.
  4. Garnish with an orange wedge, cherries, or orange zest.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one (1) cocktail. Additionally, the calorie count does NOT include any garnishments seen in the photos (cherries, oranges, etc.). Actual calories will vary. This recipe contains alcohol, please consume responsibly.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 21gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

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