A perfect drink for cool evenings and changing seasons, the Bourbon Maple Leaf cocktail is great for sipping alone or pairing with cool weather comfort food.
Bourbon is one of my favorite spirits. This is strange for someone originally from Florida, where depending on which side of Lake Okeechobee you live it’s a toss-up between rum and Jack Daniel’s. Bourbon was something I wasn’t exposed to until college, and since then it has been my liquor of choice for pairing with barbecue and other meat dishes, to prepare brine for turkey, or to just enjoy on the rocks.
However, as the days become shorter and weather becomes cooler, bourbon can still be enjoyed, but you now have the option to prepare a Fall-giving-way-to-Winter themed cocktail. The brisk weather around you would indicate that football and hockey seasons are in full effect, that you may take your family out apple picking, and to take in the scenery outdoors and watch the leaves change color. The cocktail is known as the Maple Leaf.
Maple Leaf cocktails are typically made using a cocktail shaker, and served in a champagne saucer or martini glass. Honestly, there is no need for the cocktail shaker or the stemmed glassware. You can prepare this Bourbon Maple Leaf on the rocks and serve in a tumbler glass. I would recommend that you use actual maple syrup in this recipe. Be sure to read the labels at the store! Most syrups sold in supermarkets contain little-to-no actual maple syrup; in fact, in the labeling and packaging you may see the term “breakfast syrup” used, which means it’s not maple syrup. These syrups do in fact taste sweeter than actual maple syrup. If you do end up using one of these syrups, I would suggest using somewhat less syrup than the one ounce prescribed in the recipe.
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce maple syrup
- 1/2 lemon
- Pour bourbon and maple syrup in a tumbler glass with ice.
- Squeeze juice out of the half lemon and into the glass.
- Stir until mixed and serve.