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Maple Bourbon Cocktail

Maple Bourbon Cocktail

Becca Haley-Park
This is a sweet drink that can even win over sugar-haters. The bite of bourbon keeps things balanced and interesting, and the syrup adds a depth of flavor that white sugar just can’t achieve.


  • ounces Woodford Reserve or other straight Kentucky bourbon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 heaping tablespoon maple syrup
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Lemon peel to garnish optional


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine all ingredients in shaker, and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds, or until shaker is frosty. Strain into a small rocks glass and garnish with a lemon peel, if desired.


TRY IT WITH: An English-style blue cheese. This cocktail’s sweetness is a delightful contrast to ultra-salty blue cheese, and the tang of lemon in the drink beautifully mirrors the cheese’s tangy blue veining on the palate. A hunk of Colston Bassett Dairy Stilton was the ticket for us.

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

Photographer Joe Greene

Joe Greene shoots award-winning food photography for web, print, and packaging. Joe started as a painter, switching to photography when he couldn't get his ideas on canvas fast enough. Joe's clients include magazines, celebrity chefs, restaurants, and more.