Last Updated on August 16, 2021 by laurenpacek
The Maple Old Fashioned is a sweet, delicious Fall twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. Raise a glass to the turnings of the season!
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What is an Old Fashioned cocktail?
An Old Fashioned is a classic, booze-forward, cocktail with origins in the early 19th century.
Though the recipe has changed somewhat throughout the years, the modern formulation includes whiskey (or brandy, though this is less common), bitters, a sugar cube, and a splash of water. Garnishes include an orange slice or peel and a cocktail cherry.
What ingredients are in this cocktail?
- Maple syrup: Please, please use real maple syrup in this cocktail. The good stuff.
- Bitters: Angostura bitters would be my first choice, but orange bitters would work as well.
- Bourbon: I used a smoked maple bourbon from Knob Creek. You could use a regular bourbon--because the maple syrup will impart some maple flavor--but the maple bourbon is really nice in this drink.
- Garnishes: Though garnishes are technically optional, I'd highly recommend garnishing your cocktail with some orange peel and a Luxardo cherry.
How do you make a Maple Old Fashioned?
In addition to being crazy delicious, putting a Maple Old Fashioned together is really easy and takes next to no time. An Old Fashioned gets built in the glass that you'll be drinking out of. No shaker or special mixing glass required.
You'll start by adding the maple syrup and bitters to the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass. If we were making a regular Old Fashioned, we would have used a sugar cube. But because this is a maple Old Fashioned, we're going with maple syrup. Next comes the bourbon and ice. Stir it all up and add your garnishes.
Other bourbon drinks
Okay first of all, there's the Classic Old Fashioned. It's one of my all time favorite cocktails.
If you're looking for more Fall-ish bourbon drinks, check out my Maple Bourbon Moscow Mule (uses the same maple bourbon as this Old Fashioned) and Bourbon Moscow Mule (just regular bourbon this time).
Kentucky Bourbon Lemonade has more of a summery feel, but is great any time of year.
Other bourbon recipes
Bourbon isn't just for cocktails, you know! It's particularly good in desserts. Don't believe me? Check out the recipes below for some proof.
Frequently asked questions
Sure can! You might just not get quite as much maple flavor. It will still be delicious.
Yep! Just like the answer above, using rye might mean that you miss out on some maple flavor.
Orange bitters would work well here, too.
- Add the maple syrup and bitters to the bottom of an old fashioned or rocks glass
- Add ice
- Pour the bourbon over the ice and stir gently to combine
- Garnish with an orange peel and Luxardo cherry
- Orange bitters can be substituted for the Angostura bitters
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g