A Maple Old-Fashioned Recipe That'll Leaf You Wanting Another

Try our twist on the traditional old-fashioned with a sweet sultry hint of maple.

Updated January 30, 2024
Maple Old-Fashioned

The old-fashioned is the grandfather of all cocktails. Exuding sophistication, an old-fashioned delivers nothing short of a smooth sipping experience, so why not deepen the flavor profile with some maple? Blending well with bourbon's sweet vanilla and caramel flavors, consider this maple old-fashioned to be a boozy elixir. 

How to Make Maple Old-Fashioned 

The old-fashioned has transformed over the years, from the first recipe used to the modern-day. It never left the cocktail scene after first appearing in the 1800s. 


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce maple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Ice and king cube
  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, bourbon, maple syrup, and both bitters.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice or a king cube.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel.
Quick Tip

Experiment using different types of maple syrup. Depending on the color, syrups can range from golden and delicate in flavor to a robust color and deep flavor profile. 

Variations and Substitutions

An old-fashioned cocktail isn't a delicate drink, and there's room to play with different flavor profiles. 

  • Consider using rye whiskey to cut through the sweetness of the maple syrup.
  • Maple simple syrup can be easier to mix.
  • A maple bourbon would add an even bigger maple flavor.
  • Play around with different bitters flavors, including smoked or black walnut, to dress up the drink.
  • A splash of spiced bourbon or allspice dram would emphasize the maple flavors.
  • Experiment with different flavor profiles by using homemade infused whiskey. Maple is so versatile it can pair well with pecan-flavored or orange-flavored whiskey. 

Related: 13 Maple Bourbon & Maple Whiskey Cocktails You'll Fall For


Fall drinks mean a wide world of fun garnishes. Think over the idea of straying from the traditional garnish in favor of something unique.

  • Try out a candied orange peel.
  • Change up the look using a piece of dehydrated fruit, including oranges, lemons, or limes.
  • Char a cinnamon stick for a flavor boost.
  • Drop in a maple candy.
  • Spear one or three Luxardo cherries.
  • Add a lemon twist or a small sprig of fresh herbs, such as rosemary or thyme. 
  • Use a lemon or orange twist. 
  • Drop in a few coffee beans.

A Sweet Choice to Fall For

Maple syrup isn't just for your favorite breakfast food. It also pairs well with an old-fashioned. Consider the maple old-fashioned to be an elevated version of the classic. Not only is this cocktail one to remember, but it never falls short of delivering a warm sip that'll keep you cozy. 

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