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Six Recipes for a Maple Cocktail Hour

Dec 18, 2023 | Cooking with Maple

Apparently, cocktails have been around forever, and, while the popularity of cocktails has waxed and waned, fancy-boozy-drinks are currently very much on the rise. All three of these things can also be said for the—timeless, enduring and currently-in-vogue—taste of maple. So why don’t we get cocktails and maple together and have a happy hour? We did. And here’s the sweet proof. Enjoy!

Maple Old Fashioned (pictured above):

Pour 2 oz bourbon, 3-4 shakes of angostura bitters (or 1/2 oz Hooker Mountain Farm Distillery Drifter Bitters) and 1/2 oz maple syrup in a rocks glass. Stir to combine. Add ice and garnish with an orange twist and a cherry. Good any old time!

This is our go-to, happy hour maple cocktail!

Tap n’ Sparkle:

Put a small piece of maple candy (or teaspoon of syrup) in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add two shakes of angostura bitters. Fill flute with champagne and garnish with a small triangle of grapefruit.

This maple cocktail is perfect for New Year’s Eve or Mother’s Day Brunch!

Tree’s Knees:

Put 1 tsp maple syrup, juice of half a lemon and 2 oz gin (we use Barr Hill) in a shaker with ice. Shake, pour into a favorite glass and garnish with a lemon twist. It’ll perk you right up!

This maple cocktail is loved by us for its tartness!

Perfect Maple Manhattan:

Mix 2 shakes of angostura bitters, 1/2 oz dry vermouth, 2 oz of rye whiskey and 1/2 oz maple syrup in a rocks glass. Add ice, garnish with a Luxardo cherry and enjoy. This maple cocktail pairs well with the question: “is it spring yet?”

New England Sangria:

Mix equal parts white cranberry juice and white wine. Add maple syrup to taste. Garnish with frozen cranberries. Now, go tend to the hens!

Maple Mulled Wine:

Heat red wine in a saucepan with a handful of cardamom pods and maple syrup to taste. Ladle 3 oz into mug or handled glass, let cool for 30 seconds and add 1 oz vodka. Breathe. Sip. Repeat.

Maple Mocktails

 Maple Lime Fizz
Maple Lime Fizz:

Mix equal parts maple syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice. Dilute with seltzer or club soda to taste. serve on ice and garnish with a lime.

Blueberry Maple Shrub

Spicy Maple Shrub:

Simmer 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cub blueberries, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 cinnamon stick and 1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes for 10 minutes. Strain, cool, and serve over ice and/or seltzer. Garnish with berries. Sip!

Maple Lemonade

Maple Lemonaid:

Mix equal parts maple syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice and add water to taste. Garnish with lemon. Easy!



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