3-Ingredient Happy Hour: A Maple Old Fashioned

Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week was kind of hectic for various reasons, so I feel the need for something insanely streamlined, even by our standards. I want to pour, stir and sip, and maple syrup is going to help me get there.

Photo by Claire Lower

Unless you're in Wisconsin (which has a very unique take on the cocktail), an Old Fashioned is usually made with a sugar cube, a few dashes of bitters, and a couple of millilitres of your favourite bourbon (or rye). Instead of white sugar cubes - which I don't have anyway - we're going to be using a tiny dollop of maple syrup. If you think about it, maple syrup is a ready-to-go cocktail sweetener that requires absolutely no prep work or boiling on your part, and has a bit more depth than the stuff made with sucrose.

Basically, you get more flavour without any extra ingredients or effort, which is what I need in an alcoholic beverage at the moment. To make it, you will need:

  • 60ml bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (I like ones that proclaim it has "robust taste")
  • 3-4 dashes of Angostura bitters

Add everything to a lowball and stir until the syrup is fully incorporated into the whiskey. Add a big ol' cube of ice, and stir some more until your beverage is very well chilled. Drink it and relax into the weekend.


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