maple old fashioned
maple old fashioned, a cocktail containing rye whiskey, bourbon or aged rum, maple syrup, bitters and a twist of lemon. (Photo: Getty Images/BURCU ATALAY TANKUT)

Maple Old Fashioned

maple old fashioned
Jordan Mackay

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This is an obvious one, but worth mentioning.  The Maple Old Fashioned perfectly embodies the original definition of a  cocktail by incorporating a  spirit, sugar, bitters, and water. This recipe calls for rye, but feel free to substitute bourbon on an aged rum.


In a lowball  glass, add syrup and bitters with a bar spoon of water and gently stir. Add the spirit and stir again to combine. Drop in  one large ice cube or several smaller ones and gently stir in the glass until thoroughly chilled and slightly diluted.

Lead Photo: Getty Images/BURCU ATALAY TANKUT