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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!
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!
The recipe makes just one 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.
Start with a mason jar with a lid and fill it ⅔ full with ice. Or use a cocktail shaker, if you like, I gave mine away years ago, because once I would (finally) get the lid on, I usually couldn’t get it off! And it’s a little embarrassing drinking your drink through the strainer of a shaker, plus people don’t want to drink after you. Hehe!
Honestly, it’s just as easy in a mason jar, if not easier, maybe it doesn’t look as cool, but I don’t really care.
Gather the rest of your ingredients, whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice, and the optional cinnamon, that’s it.
It wasn’t cheap and doesn’t have any alcohol in it, but aging it in the barrels they use to make the bourbon is, well, plain delicious and you can almost drink it straight. But instead I’ll use it in drinks, glazed on carrots and maybe I’ll even try it on salmon or a glaze on chicken.
You do not need to use a specialty syrup, any pure maple syrup will work, however; Trader Joe’s sometimes has a seasonal bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.
Start by pouring your bourbon or whiskey of choice into your ice filled mason shaker jar.
Next add your lemon juice (a little less if you don’t like it too sour, but try it this way first), this lemon wasn’t very juicy and so it took the whole small lemon to yield slightly over 2 tablespoons, so I just tossed it all in. By the way, I use this small measuring cup ALL the time!
Then add your maple syrup, to taste, between 2-4 teaspoons. I like it at a little over 3 teaspoons.
If desired, add a small shake/pinch of cinnamon, totally optional though.
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.
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.
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!
If you enjoy this cocktail, give these other homemade libations a try:
- Blackberry Bourbon Moscow Mule (or the B² M²)
- Grapefruit Basil Vodka Smash
- Blood Orange Tangerine & Thyme Gin & Tonic
- Cherry Bomb Cocktail
What’s your favorite Fall Cocktail? Comment below!
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