Maple Leaf
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Maple Leaf
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Rating

4.36 / 5
The Maple Leaf cocktail is an inviting blend of classic and sweet flavors, perfect for those who appreciate a whiskey-based beverage with a twist. This cocktail combines the rich warmth ... more The Maple Leaf cocktail is an inviting blend of classic and sweet flavors, perfect for those who appreciate a whiskey-based beverage with a twist. This cocktail combines the rich warmth of bourbon with the tanginess of fresh lemon juice, perfectly balanced by the natural sweetness of maple syrup. The result is an autumnal drink that evokes the earthy tones of its namesake — the maple leaf. Typically served in a whiskey glass, the Maple Leaf is a comforting and sophisticated choice that's well-suited for a cozy evening in or as a novel addition to a seasonal cocktail menu. The garnish of a lemon peel twist adds an aromatic finishing touch to this delectable concoction.
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28.24% | 2.4 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
10ml ⅓oz 1cl
60ml 2oz 6cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Maple Leaf cocktail masterfully marries the robust depth of bourbon with the refreshing zing of lemon juice, creating a harmonious blend that is mellowed by the smooth sweetness of maple syrup. This concoction offers a delightful autumnal twist on the classic whiskey sour, providing a perfectly balanced sip that is both rich and invigorating, with the lemon peel garnish accentuating its bright, cheerful notes.

Method
How to make a Maple Leaf

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass, garnish with a lemon peel twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What is the ideal type of bourbon for making a Maple Leaf cocktail?

For a Maple Leaf cocktail, using a high-quality bourbon with a balanced flavor profile is recommended. A bourbon that's not too sweet but with a slight hint of caramel or vanilla pairs beautifully with the maple syrup and lemon juice. However, the choice of bourbon can be adjusted based on personal taste preferences.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the maple syrup with another sweetener?

Maple syrup is a key ingredient in a Maple Leaf cocktail, providing a distinct flavor that complements the bourbon and lemon juice. While it's possible to substitute it with another sweetener like honey or simple syrup, doing so will alter the cocktail's characteristic taste. If you prefer a different sweetener, start with a small amount and adjust to taste.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What's the best way to serve a Maple Leaf cocktail?

A Maple Leaf cocktail is best served cold, shaken, not stirred, and poured into a whiskey glass. No garnish is traditionally required, but you can add a lemon twist or a small drizzle of maple syrup on top for an enhanced presentation and a touch of extra sweetness.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Maple Leaf cocktail?

To make a non-alcoholic version of the Maple Leaf cocktail, you can substitute the bourbon with a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative or simply omit the bourbon for a refreshing mix of lemon juice and maple syrup. Adjust the quantities of lemon juice and maple syrup to balance the sweetness and tartness according to your preference.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Maple Leaf cocktail?

The Maple Leaf cocktail, with its balance of sweet, sour, and smooth bourbon flavor, pairs well with a variety of foods. It complements savory dishes like grilled meats, especially pork or chicken, as well as rich, creamy desserts. For a cheese pairing, consider a sharp cheddar or gouda to contrast the cocktail's sweetness.

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