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Today: Stay in tonight. Fix yourself this drink.
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It’s one of life’s great myths that Friday evenings are about pomp and revelry. They are not. Friday evenings are about climbing into really soft pants and eating dinner before 9 and falling asleep before 11. As much as we want to paint the town red, we are tired. Sensibility wins.
So we look to pragmatic cocktails at the end of a long week. We want to drink something that asks nothing of us, least of all not to spill it or to garnish it with a procession of mint. Save the skittish martinis and top-heavy glassware and raucous tiki cocktails for a well-rested Saturday -- today you'll drink a Maple Old-Fashioned in a sturdy, high-walled rocks glass, and you will feel safe.
This is a drink that allows the laziness of fixing a finger of whiskey, neat, but makes you feel like you’re keeping up with all of the celebration happening outside your window. It’s both low-key and a little new, much like the Friday night of your dreams.
Combine Canadian whisky with maple simple syrup (like a rich simple syrup where the sugar is maple) and a dash of bitters, and stir for a solid ten seconds. Strain over fresh ice. (As much fun as it is to build your old-fashioned in the glass, it also waters it down in a way you can’t really control. Take a page out of bartenders’ books and let this irritate you -- your drink will be better for it.)
You’ll end up with a cocktail about as harmonious as a Canadian tuxedo, a little earthy from the maple and a lot warming from the liquor. And if I have to guess, you’ll do it all again next Friday.
I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.