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Jul 7, 2010 12:19 PM

Maple Syrup in Cocktails

Howdy Hounders,

Through a series of fortunate events I have found myself with a ridiculous amount (3 gallons) of Vermont grade A medium amber maple syrup. I have been working through my inventory, and despite incorporating it into at least two meals each day, barely a dent has been made. Now I'm starting to think of maple syrup as a cocktail ingredient.

I recall having a cocktail some time back with bourbon, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Seems to me that darker spirits would pair well (apple brandy, rye etc). But has anybody tried/made anything memorable with the stuff?


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  1. I haven't tried making it but have had this cocktail @ Vessel and it is delicious.

    Haven't tried these either but this link has been sitting in my bookmarks for some time

    You could also make maple pecans as a bar snack to go w/ them :)

    1. Absolutely fantastic cocktail imho, great for summer sipping.

      50ml Calvados/Applejack
      15ml each of lime, lemon and orange juice
      20ml maple syrup
      4 dashes Angostura
      1 egg white

      Shake well without ice, then well with ice and strain into a chilled glass with large surface area.

      Then, in an oil mister (or similar) combine Angostura and overproof rum in equal proportions, and spray over the cocktail through a flame to 'caramelize' the bitters. This should sit nicely on top of the foamy surface.
      You could probably do it without the rum, but a higher average ABV makes it easier to ignite.

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      1. re: Steve_K

        Excellent ideas! I did a little experimenting last night and came up with something similar, though without the OJ and egg white, and with orange bitters instead of Angostura. I made maple pecans a few nights ago, and they went over well as sweet snacks with a bourbon aperitif.

        I was also thinking about experimenting with either a mezcal or a smokey scotch. The smokey + sweet combo seems promising.

      2. If you can make a dent in 3 gallons of maple syrup by making cocktails, you have either way more friends than I or a way bigger liver.

        The Cleirmeil from Beta Cocktails is fantastic, but it won't use much of your syrup:

        1. Here's a somewhat unusual one I noticed recently on Paul Clarke's site:

          He's got a couple other ones with maple syrup, including an Apple Jack Old Fashioned sweetened with maple syrup.

          1. i whipped this up a while ago. hmmmmm and now i may be whipping up another tonight

            Green Mountain Daiquiri (that's what i'm calling it tonight)

            old monk rum
            maple syrup
            orange bitters
            lemon juice