Maple Leaf Cocktail Recipe

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It’s sugaring off season! It’s that magical time of year when everybody’s favorite sweetener – maple syrup! – is being harvested. So what better way to celebrate and get your sap flowing, than a good old fashioned Maple Leaf Cocktail, the oldest, most revered maple syrup cocktail in bartending history.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of stumbling into this elixir, you may be thinking: Maple syrup in a cocktail?! To which reply: Well.. why the heck not?!
Just like simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water), maple syrup balances out the sour elements of a drink that contains citrus. Buuuut, unlike simple syrup, maple syrup also delivers a caramel-like depth and flavor. It especially blends well with brown spirits. Try adding it to any shaken whiskey drink and you will become hooked.
Unlike my “Cough Syrup Cocktail” (click here for the recipe), this cocktail has a far more balanced taste, and a refined flavor profile. The citrus is really prevalent, with the syrup giving it a unique finish and a characteristic taste that intertwines on the tongue with the bourbon’s notes.
And.. it’s bourbon. COME ON! Since the dawn of American history bourbon has been the cherished standby of the refined palate. It has been deemed the “refuge from the candy cocktail plague”.
Bourbon is undoubtedly a nostalgic drink. You can’t just drink this cocktail while, I dunno, playing video games or whatever. This is a drink to be savored. This drink demands that you crank up some Al Bowlly and sit on a secluded porch in your favorite fedora. Enjoy!

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The Maple Leaf Cocktail

2 shots Bourbon Whiskey
1 shot Pure Maple Syrup
1 shot Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
It is VERY important that you use pure maple syrup. While “maple flavored syrup” works in the same way that simple syrup does, to bring out the subtle flavors of the bourbon and enhance the drink with a true maple flavor (which is kind of the whole point), you MUST use the real deal – pure maple syrup!
To make, fill a small rocks glass with ice. Combine the bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice and some ice cubes in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into the rocks glass. Then enjoy!
Don’t forget to crank up your turn of the century music whilst imbibing! 

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If you haven’t already, be sure to enter to win the Mohawk Valley Pure Maple Syrup giveaway! Raffle ends on February 14, 2014!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

6 thoughts on “Maple Leaf Cocktail Recipe

  • 13 February, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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    This sounds very good. To my personal taste, I might cut back the lemon juice just a tad.

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    • 13 February, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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      Yeah, it’s kind of an acquired taste. The more citrus / whiskey cocktails I sample, the more I notice my tolerance for full shots of lemon or lime increasing..

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  • 14 February, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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    I was going to try a “virgin” version of this, until I saw the ingredient list, ha ha. Have any recipes that utilize maple syrup in a drink, without the alcohol? 🙂

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    • 15 February, 2014 at 6:15 pm
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      LOL, I don’t, but if you find any virgin drink recipe that calls for simple syrup, it would work subbing maple syrup! If you do try something, share with me and let me know how it worked out! ^_^

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  • 25 March, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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    Oooo…sounds like something I need to try!

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