Maple Old Fashioned
- 1/4 ounce maple syrup
- 1 barspoon BG Reynolds’ Cinnamon Syrup1
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces bourbon
Combine maple syrup, cinnamon syrup, and bitters in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass and stir to mix. Fill glass with ice and add bourbon. Stir until cold. No garnish.
This recipe was inspired by the Deliverance cocktail served by my neighborhood bar, Night Light. The Deliverance is made with maple syrup and bourbon, I don’t know in what quantities, and garnished with a cinnamon stick. While the Deliverance is a good drink, it tends to be a little on the sweet side.
While experimenting with variants at home, I hit upon this combination that I think works much better. The cinnamon is more pronounced in my version, but not so much that the maple is overwhelmed. We’re using two sweetening agents here but the amounts are low enough that it’s still not a sweet drink, no more so than a well-made Old Fashioned. Your choice of whiskey will influence that a bit too, of course. I use Bulleit bourbon for these and it works very well.
1. BG Reynolds’ syrups were formerly sold under the brand Trader Tiki. The syrups are unchanged.