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Jun 11, 2011 11:42 AM

Stop putting maple syrup in my rye drinks

WTF is with all these craft cocktail places putting maple syrup in whiskey drinks and telling me it's going to "challenge my palate". Tastes like maple syrup, dude. Sweet mustache.

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  1. I don't order drinks that I won't like.

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    1. re: tommy

      I'm talking about the craft cocktail bars where drinking the "bartender's whim" is half the fun of exploring.

      1. re: Beachowolfe

        How about "no maple syrup, please."

    2. Yeah, I tried a Maply Sazerac recently and it didn't really work for me.

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      1. re: sku

        I actually rather liked a maple old-fashioned I made with McClellands Islay scotch, the smoke and brine made for an interesting contrast in flavors. It has to be used sparingly in order to contribute to a drink without overwhelming it.

        1. re: ncyankee101

          Which element contributes the brine?

          1. re: tommy

            The McClellands (which most people think is 5 yr old Bowmore) has a fair amount of brine.

            1. re: ncyankee101

              Excellent. I haven't explored the world of scotch, but will soon.

      2. I'm with you. In general Maple syrup doesn't belong in a cocktail.

        I drink out of the bottle love the stuff, but only on my homemade waffles.

        Also great to fill a jar with walnuts, then fill with syrup and wait a week or three. Insane on vanilla ice cream.

        Just keep it away from my booze.