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Maple Whiskey Sour

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Toss out that store bought sweet and sour cocktail mixer; this flavorful recipe for a Maple Whiskey Sour is amazingly simple and delicious, with the sweet, earthy addition of maple syrup it adds a brilliant fall taste.

With just a few simple ingredients you’ll be enjoying this fall to winter classic cocktail in no time at all!

If you enjoy whiskey or bourbon, you might try these other bourbon drinks; Cherry Bourbon Smash, The Best Blackberry Bourbon Moscow Mule, and this Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail.

Maple whiskey sour in glass with cinnamon stick and lemon zest.

My husband and I have found a new appreciation for whisky/bourbon/rye, I cannot tell you the differences, but I have to say, I kind of like the stuff, not neat (by itself), but in a cocktail, like this Maple Whiskey Sour.

I cannot drink more than one…which is just fine, I don’t need the headache nor calories for that matter!

Cocktail glass with ice cubes and filled with Maple Whiskey Sour with Cinnamon stick and lemon swizzle of rind stick out side of glass, on cutting board with a hickory cutting board in background and golden maple leaf.

The makes one drink and I think they are better individually made, that way you can customize them if someone likes it sweeter or more sour.

However; if you think everyone would like it just like you do, by all means double, triple or quadruple the recipe! Just make sure you have a mason jar big enough.

This post is for 21+ adults ~ please drink responsibly.

Maple Whiskey Sour in a glass, sitting on wooden round lazy suzan, the light streaming in just right to highlight the cinnamon stick and lemon curl.

Start with a mason jar with a lid and fill it ⅔ full with ice. Use a cocktail shaker, if you prefer.

Honestly, it’s just as easy in a mason jar, if not easier, maybe it doesn’t look as cool. I don’t really care.

Closeup shot of whiskey sour with cinnamon stick and lemon rind swizzle on a cutting board with leaves in background.

Key Ingredients for Maple Whiskey Sour

Ingredients, directions and nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Bourbon or Whiskey | Use your favorite!
  • Lemon Juice | Fresh squeezed is a must here, this recipe is super simple, so make it count!
  • Maple Syrup | I love using bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, you can purchase at Costco, Trader Joes, and many grocery stores now. So good! You can use regular too.
  • Cinnamon | Optional, but adds that fall flavor!
Ingredients for maple whiskey sour. Left to rightbourbon maple syrup, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, a mason jar with ice in it, a mini measuring cup, a cocktail glass with gold spots and a sliced lemon all sitting on a cutting board.

While up in Vail this summer I bought this Burtons Maplewood Farm Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.

You do not need to use a specialty syrup, any pure maple syrup will work, however.

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

Start by pouring your bourbon or whiskey of choice into your ice filled mason shaker jar.

Pouring whisky into mason jar with ice.

Next add your lemon juice (a little less if you don’t like it too sour, but try it this way first). By the way, I use this small measuring cup ALL the time!

Pouring from a mini measuring cup, fresh lemon juice into mason jar with ice

Then add your maple syrup, to taste, between 2-4 teaspoons. I like it at a little over 3 teaspoons.

pouring maple syrup into mason jar over ice on cutting board using a mini liquid measuring cup, with maple syrup jar sitting off to the left back.

If desired, add a small shake/pinch of cinnamon, totally optional though.

Adding cinnamon from spice jar into mason jar for maple whiskey sour.

Now place the lid tightly on top and shake it for 30 seconds or so, I like to shake it a bit longer, as I like some of the ice to melt into the drink, both cooling and diluting it a bit more.

Hand holding a mason jar filled with maple whiskey sour and ice, shaking

Remove the ring from the mason jar and use the flat top as a strainer and pour the Maple Whiskey Sour over fresh ice in a small glass.

Image of hand pouring through strainer a maple whiskey sour that has been shaken into a shaped cocktail glass.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel garnish, again totally optional. Sit in front of a fire, or on a porch swing on a cool fall evening, sip and enjoy this lovely drink!

Make it super fall-y and add a teaspoon or tablespoon of apple butter!

This tool is how you get a cute little curly-Q of lemon peel, it’s typically on a zester and is called a channel knife.

More great cocktails

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Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have some black mason jars and Im going do dig them out to have for Halloween! Loved this today when it was uber hot…. cant wait to try it in the fall too!