8 Maple Syrup Cocktails That Will Tap Your Taste Buds

Maple Syrup CocktailsWinter is finally on the run and spring is well… springing. That means that the sap is running in the sugar maple woods of the Northeast and it’s time to think about heading to the sugar shack for a fresh supply of maple syrup for our pancakes, waffles and of course cocktails.

The drink experts here at Madtini have assembled a collection of 8 of their favorite maple syrup sweetened cocktails.

1. Maple Manhattan

Maple Manhattan Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry on a pick for a garnish.

2. No’Easter

Nor'easter Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • splash of Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

3. Maple Leaf Cocktail

Maple Leaf Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

4. Kicking Cow Cocktail

Kicking Cow Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1 oz light cream
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cinnamon stick to garnish.

5. Old Fashioned Canadian

The Canadian
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • crispy bacon

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters, stir to mix. Add ice cubes and rye whiskey Add a crispy strip of Canadian bacon to garnish.

6. Filibuster Cocktail

Filibuster Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • lemon twist

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon to garnish.

7. Maple Syrup Martini

Maple Syrup Martini
Ingredients

Preparation
Add the vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass, add ice and stir well. Pour out half the liquid and add bourbon and maple syrup. Shake well, the strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

8. Maple Kiss

Maple Kiss
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a fresh raspberry as garnish.

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The Chilly Maple Manhattan – a Toast to Surviving Winter

Chilly Maple ManhattanSeems like its been a tough winter on the streets of Manhattan. Every time we’d turn on the news it seemed like everyone was digging themselves out from another foot of snow.

Let’s raise our glasses to surviving winter and forgetting about gloves, coats and mitts until next year. It’s time to gather ourselves up and head for the patios, rooftops and cafes to share good times. So, in honour of spring here’s a variation on the classic Manhattan with just enough maple syrup to sweeten things up.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz maple syrup
  • dash or two of Angostura bitters

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry on a pick for a garnish.

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The Nor’easter – North meets South in a Perfect Storm

Nor'easterThe sap is running wild in the maple woods of the North East so this week we’re making cocktails with the sweet and delicious taste of maple syrup.

This drink recipe comes from the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey with 150 types on hand for your enjoyment. Their twist on the Dark & Stormy is like a south meeting north in a perfect storm in your glass.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • splash of Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 10-12 times. Strain and pour over ice in a rocks glass. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

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5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links - May 26This week’s drink links include Jimmy Fallon enjoying a manly cocktail, the world’s fastest bartender, the art of aging cocktails in a barrel, maple-inspired cocktails from Maine, and the best shows to raise a drink to.

Cheers until next time.

1 / Jimmy Fallon Meet Your Monkey Gland
On Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow visited the Jimmy Fallon show to talk about recent news stories. Before leaving she mixed up a manly Monkey Gland cocktail for Jimmy.

2 / Need a Drink in a Hurry?
New York bartender, Sheldon Wiley earned the title of Fastest Bartender in the World making 1, 043 drinks in one hour. He was not allowed to make the dame drink twice and had to use at least four ingredients.

3 / Aging Cocktails in a Barrel
The latest trend in making old-style cocktails is making them even older. Cocktail enthusiasts have begun aging their cocktails in wooden barrels just like wines and whiskey have always been done.

4 / Maine Maple Mixology
Spring has arrived and the sap is running in the maple woods of Maine. So, it’s a perfect time to try a few maple-inspired cocktails.

5 / Raise a glass to TV’s top shows to drink to
From the Amazing Race to Jersey Shore, from Mad Men to True Blood, here are ideas on how to combine cocktails with your small-screen viewing fun.

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5 image in collage by Leo Reynolds used under CC license.

The Irish Canadian Old Fashioned

Irish Canadian Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of bitters
  • juice from half a lemon
  • twist or orange

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass, stir until well combined. Fill 2/3 of the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon over the ice. Pour in Jameson and garnish with a twist or orange.

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Old Fashioned Southside Shuffle

Old Fashioned Southside ShuffleEvery September music fans from all over this area of Ontario Flip, Flop & Fly to Port Credit’s Southside Shuffle (hat tip to the Downchild Blues Band) to hear the best of blues, R&B and rock’n roll. This year we’ll get to see and hear performances from blues and rock legends such as Ronnie Hawkins, Elvis Bishop, Dr. Hook and Johnny Winter.

Madtini will be headed to as many of the shows as possible this weekend, and to get us in the right frame of mind we’re going to mix up a couple of classic cocktails with a tablespoon of maple syrup for Canadian content.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • tbsp of maple syrup

Preparation

In a rocks glass muddle the water, bitters and maple syrup. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the bourbon. Add a slice of lemon.

I’d tap that… Up close with the Maple Mojitotini

Maple Mojito

Maple Mojito

Earlier this week we posted our Double Zee Pineapple Pepper Mojitotini. We couldn’t resist another mixing up another Mojito. It was a no-brainer, we already has a bunch of mint sprigs and no where to use them. Which reminds me – the Madtini Labs balcony herb garden is still not started. I’ll add it to the ‘To Do’ list for next week.

Another quick sprint over to the Bacardi site, and we spotted this beauty in the Mojito section: The Maple Mojito. We adjusted things for the cocktail glass and added a ‘tini’ to the end and we were in business.

Dear Bacardi, you had us at Maple. We are Canadian, it is my kryptonite, whether it appears in syrup, cookie or donut form.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 oz club soda

Preparation:
Rub the mint around the rim of the cocktail glass. Add the leaves to the glass. Squeeze the juice from half a lime and add that to the glass. Add a tablespoon of maple syrup. Muddle lightly to mix the flavours. Add a handful of crushed ice. Pour the rum over the ice and top with cub soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.