Maple in the Mix

Syrup-sweetened cocktail ideas

Maple syrup isn’t only for breakfast. Though it makes a good—necessary, even—accompaniment to pancakes, waffles and sausage, maple syrup has its place at cocktail hour, too. No, really! It’s fabulous for fall and winter-themed events, where drink and dining options tend to be a little bit on the richer side (though you could find recipes to fit any time of year). Here are a few of our favorite ways to do it.

Put Maple in Your Manhattan

A classic Manhattan cocktail is given a dose of the sweet stuff when maple syrup is added to the mix. It takes just a bit to make an impact, so don’t overdo it!   

The Maple Leaf

The great thing about maple syrup is that it’s versatile. You can use it to simply add some sweetness to an existing cocktail, or you can build a cocktail entirely around it. Try the Maple Leaf, for example: Two and a half parts Maker’s Mark to equal parts pure maple syrup and lemon juice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and you’ve got yourself a festive fall drink!  

Old-Fashioned, Eh?

Give your favorite Old-Fashioned a Canadian twist by adding pure maple syrup into the mix. Do just a half-ounce to two ounces of rye whiskey, a dash of bitters, and garnish with—what else?—a crispy slice of bacon.  

Sweet Sip

If you’re mixing up a whiskey or bourbon-based cocktail but don’t want to add too much sweetness, consider lining the rim of the glass in maple syrup. It’ll be just a touch of syrupy goodness without altering the drink recipe you love.  

Embellish It

Whiskey and bourbon are obvious choices for pairing with maple syrup, but the possibilities don’t end with just those ingredients. This list of 27 maple cocktails, courtesy of Eater, dresses up the drinks with everything from lemon to cayenne pepper, and you’ll even find a few vodka options to try.