Take a classic Old Fashioned Cocktail to a new level with maple! This Maple Old Fashioned is a great fall and winter cocktail, but we drink it all year long!
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for fall. So, so, so ready. It’s been crazy hot here, with no rain. Oh, there’s been rain. Rain so close to us that I could smell it, but never at our house.
So, I am done with summer. Complete and utterly done. Bring on fall. Pumpkins. Apples. Leaves.
I love the changing of the seasons, especially when it is changing into my favorite season. As I start cooking soups again, my cocktails are also taking a decidedly fall turn.
They go from light, bubbly, fruity drinks to warm fall cocktails. Fall cocktails are both warm in color and in flavor. Adding flavors like pumpkin, apples, and maple can turn almost any cocktail into a fall cocktail.
Ingredients in a Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail
Whiskey – We chose to use a Rye Whiskey to get a little play from the spice with the maple syrup. Bourbon is also a top choice for an old fashioned.
Maple Syrup – real maple syrup, not pancake syrup.
Orange Peel – for garnish. The orange twist in an old fashioned provides much more than just garnish. Rub it along the rim of your cocktail glass, squeeze it over the drink to release the orange oils and then drop it in your drink. Do this with one old fashioned and don’t do it on the other, the difference is amazing!
How to Make an Old Fashioned
An old fashioned cocktail is so easy to make!
- Chill a cocktail glass – you can either store it in the freezer or put some ice in the glass and let it chill while you are gathering your ingredients.
- Gather your ingredients – bourbon or rye whiskey, maple syrup, and an orange.
- Using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel off a bit of orange peel. I usually get one about 2 to 3 inches long.
- Either remove your glass from the freezer or pour out the ice.
- Into your chilled cocktail glass, add the liquor, maple syrup and 2 to 3 dashes of angostura bitters. Stir to combine.
- Add an ice cube and run the orange peel around the rim of the glass, then squeeze it over the drink, and drop it into the drink.
The Best Old Fashioned Recipe!
This is seriously up in the top three of old fashioned cocktails that I have had. So good. The rye whiskey and the maple combine to make something so sublime.
I’m going to try making it with bourbon and I also will probably try some different bitters to just play with a little. A cocktail this simple is so much fun to play with!
More Fall Cocktails
Maple Manhattan – another classic cocktail with maple giving it a delicious fall twist!
15 Apple Cocktails to Make Right Now – a fall cocktail roundup form some of my favorite food and drink bloggers.
Apple Rosemary Whiskey Cocktail – we are making this agin this weekend to celebrate that it’s almost apple picking time!
Chamomile Pear Infused Vodka – use this to turn any cocktail into a fall cocktail!
Honey Simple Syrup – adds a lovely warmth to cocktails giving them a more fall feel.
For even more cocktails be sure and follow my Fall and Winter Cocktails Board on Pinterest!
Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail
- 2 ounces Rye Whiskey or bourbon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- orange peel for garnish
- Add whiskey, maple syrup and angostura bitters into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Stir to combine and add an ice cube.
- Garnish with an orange peel.