When fall comes around, some of your favorite cocktails may not feel appropriate, like margaritas or Palomas. But you can transform these classic cocktails into delicious fall drinks with one key ingredient: maple syrup!
For anyone who loves extra maple syrup on their pancakes and can never get enough, the fabulous maple cocktails listed below are for you.
Top 9 Maple Flavored Cocktails
Maple Old Fashioned
An old-fashioned is a classic cocktail, delivering warm flavors with a hint of sweetness. The addition of maple syrup makes the drink even more inviting and hearty. A maple old-fashioned is the perfect drink to sip beside a roaring fire, as it has a rich and distinct taste.
Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
Whiskey sours are typically sour and slightly sweet, but this recipe takes sours in a new direction. It features bourbon or whiskey, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon. So it’s one of the easiest cocktails to make at home! It has an autumnal flavor that is rich and warm. For a silky texture, add an egg white to the recipe!
This cocktail encapsulates the spirit of Canada! It features classic Canadian whiskey, lemon juice, and maple syrup. It’s easy to whip together but has a complex flavor where the maple syrup and lemon juice balance one another. The maple syrup deepens the flavors and highlights the whiskey taste.
A maple margarita may sound a little strange, but it’s the best way to enjoy a margarita in the winter. It has a slightly orange taste that complements the maple syrup and highlights the citrus flavor in the drink from the lime juice. To round out this drink, it features a smoky mezcal that gives you a well-rounded drink with a hazy maple flavor.
Maple Paloma Cocktail
A Paloma is a tequila and grapefruit cocktail traditionally enjoyed in the warmer months. But if you want to enjoy a warmer version of this cocktail, you can add a drizzle of maple syrup, enriching the grapefruit flavor while dulling the bitterness. This recipe also uses maple sugar to rim the glass and make the drink even more earthy.
Whiskey Maple Coffee Cocktail
Maple and coffee are two flavors that make perfect sense together. They’re both rich and comforting, so forget about a boring old Irish coffee when you can have this stellar cocktail. It has a deep nutty taste that is soothing and distinct. You only need maple syrup, cream, cold brew, and whiskey to execute this delectable drink.
Maple Bourbon Cocktail with Candied Bacon
Do you dip your bacon in maple syrup during breakfast? If yes, this is the ideal cocktail for your tastebuds. With homemade candied bacon, maple syrup and extract, bourbon, vermouth, and bitters, it has a robust flavor you won’t forget. The combination of sweet and salty complements the bourbon perfectly, and the addition of maple extract kicks the maple flavor up a notch.
Pear Bourbon Smash
The pear bourbon smash is the perfect drink to make for a fall dinner party or chilly October evening. It combines a ripe pear with bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and allspice. The flavors meld together to create a rich but delicate taste akin to a pear pie or crumble.
Maple Bacon Manhattan
This cocktail has a similar flavor profile to the maple old-fashioned, but the addition of the bacon garnish creates a beautiful symmetry of sweet and savory. The recipe features rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, pure maple syrup, and Angostura bitters. The ingredients swing from super sweet to super butter, creating a delicious balance.
Maple cocktails are ideal for cold winter nights. Many cocktails call for simple syrup, but you can swap it out for maple syrup to add a sweet, earthy flavor. And if you want to make the best maple cocktails, always use pure maple syrup, not the sugary stuff made with corn syrup!
Try these deliciously-maple cocktails and leave us a comment with your favorite maple cocktail recipe!
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