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Author Notes: This is just barely off the traditional Old Fashioned recipe, but somehow it only makes sense to pair maple syrup's rich, deep sweetness with the caramel notes of bourbon. It creates just the thing I want to sip on the last few cool evenings we have as we head towards the warmer spring and summer weather. If you want the drink just slightly less sweet mix it up with rye instead of bourbon. A dark, aged rum would make a fun variation as well. —ChompingTheBigApple
Food52 Review: This very tasty drink could not be easier to make. I simply whisked the water and maple syrup together until well blended, cut a couple of strips of lemon peel, and measured out the ingredients. My husband and I both enjoyed the drink immensely, especially when using a scant 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. The sweetness of the maple tempers the edge from the bourbon, and the little spritz of lemon oil adds a note of freshness. —hardlikearmour
Maple Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- Add the maple syrup and water to a saucepan and turn the heat to medium.
- Whisk the ingredients together until the maple syrup has dissolved into the water and then remove from the heat. Allow to cool.
Maple Old Fashioned
- 1 tablespoon maple simple syrup
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 strip of lemon peel
- Add the maple simple syrup to a rocks glass.
- Add the bourbon to the glass and stir.
- Drop in a few ice cubes, give another stir.
- Squeeze the lemon peel over top of the glass to release its juices and then drop into the drink.
- Take a nice deep whiff of the cocktail as you sip and revel in its heavenly character.
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