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Maple Old Fashioned

Maple Old Fashioned

Classic with a tasteful twist. Queue the Old Fashioned cocktail with maple.
By Kate Donahue


I’m not gonna lie. I’m a gal who really enjoys a good cocktail. No, I’m not a lush by any means but I appreciate a well made cocktail and enjoy leisurely sipping on one while out to dinner or during a special occasion with family or friends. If that cocktail is a spin off an old classic and is far from basic, even better. Festive times such as these are usually celebrated with good food, good friends and of course, good drink!

A favorite cocktail of mine is an Old Fashioned. A sugar cube, whisky and bitters together with a twist of orange or lemon peel make a simple, classic cocktail that has stood the test of time. As much as I love the original, I absolutely adore this Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail even better. A touch of high-grade maple syrup replaces the sugar cube, bourbon and bitters mingle with more citrus notes thanks to a squeeze of orange juice. Surprisingly, this cocktail is not overly sweet. This Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe is a worthy spin-off of the classic that is sure to get everyone in a festive mood!

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Maple Old Fashioned

Kate Donahue
Course Cocktails
Servings 2


  • 1 ounce pure maple syrup preferably grade a dark amber
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 8 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 orange slice with peel on
  • 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
  • ice cubes
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • sparkling seltzer water chilled


  • In a cocktail shaker, add maple syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, bitters, orange slice and vanilla bean.
  • Muddle orange slice and vanilla bean.
  • Add bourbon and a handful of ice. Shake well.
  • Fill an Old Fashion glass half with ice.
  • Divide mixture in cocktail shaker evenly between two glasses then top with chilled seltzer.
  • Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.


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