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Maple Whiskey Sour to Make You Weep

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Whiskey Maple Sour on a coaster in a coupe glass with a gold jigger
Whiskey Maple Sour

A rich sip of this maple whiskey sour embraces the flavors of fall without succumbing to the lure of pumpkin spice everything. And with a hint of cinnamon syrup added, it’s ripe for batching for Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings. This recipe includes egg whites or aquafaba, but they are optional. They do add that beautiful head of foam onto the top of the coupe, though.

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What’s in a Whiskey Sour?

Whiskey Maple Sour on a coaster in a coupe glass with a gold jigger
Whiskey Maple Sour

Whiskey sours in their most basic form have only three ingredients – whiskey, a citrus element and sugar elements. The primary ratio for them is 2 whiskey: 1 sour: 1 sweet, but when I create my whiskey cocktails, I prefer to use a little less of the sour and sweet elements so the bourbon doesn’t have to punch through so many flavors to be recognizable.

Whiskey sours were originally created to keep sailors from developing scurvy on long sea voyages. The citrus juice was added to the rum ration for British soldiers along with a touch of sugar to sweeten it up. For a more exhaustive history and LOTS of background on the drink, head to How to Make a Classic Whiskey Sour. To learn more about the Boston sour – the ones that include egg white or aquafaba, head to How to Make a Boston Sour. The article includes a quick cheat so that you can spend less time shaking and still get that beautiful foam.

Ingredients for this Maple Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Maple Sour on a coaster in a coupe glass with a gold jigger
Whiskey Maple Sour

Although the basic whiskey sour is just spirit, sugar, and citrus, I wanted a more colorful flavor palate for this cocktail and included a couple of kinds of syrup and some bitters to balance out the kick of sweetness from the maple syrup.

For this cocktail you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • bourbon
  • lemon juice
  • maple syrup (barrel-aged if you can find it)
  • cinnamon syrup
  • egg white/aquafaba (optional)
  • cinnamon bitters
  • Garnish: cinnamon powder and sugar

The maple syrup you choose for this cocktail matters. Rather than going with pancake syrup, spend a little more and get an all-natural maple syrup that has no additional flavoring or corn syrups added. When you purchase the real thing you don’t need additional flavors. Find barrel-aged maple syrup if you can, the additional time spent aging in a barrel adds a fun complexity to the flavor of the cocktail.

For bourbons, I would suggest something a little oaky and with some more earthy notes in it like tobacco and leather. Adding both maple and cinnamon syrup will balance out those drier flavors and create a great cocktail. However, if you have a sweet tooth, aim for a mid-proof wheated bourbon that has flavors of toast, caramel and a hint of the grains from the mash – it’ll push the flavors a little closer to a pancake stack dusted with cinnamon sugar and topped with maple syrup. I’ve made this with Wild Turkey, Makers 46, and Jim Beam Black and it is excellent in all three.

I added cinnamon bitters to bring out the cinnamon syrup flavors, but angostura, tiki bitters, ginger bitters or winter spice bitters would make delicious additions.

How to Make a Maple Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Maple Sour on a coaster in a coupe glass with a gold jigger
Whiskey Maple Sour

Because this drink has citrus in it, we’ll need to shake it. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Put your coupe glass in the fridge or fill with ice to chill while you gather ingredients and make the cocktail.
  2. Add your ingredients to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Fill with ice and shake for 10-12 seconds.
  4. Discard the ice or pull the glass from the freezer.
  5. Dip the rim in a small bit of maple syrup and then into the cinnamon sugar to rim the glass.
  6. Pop a strainer on the top of the cocktail shaker, and strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
  7. Garnish with candied ginger, a cinnamon stick or a simple lemon wheel.

Unless you are using egg whites/aquafaba. If you’re adding that foaming agent to the cocktail, shake the cocktail as you would normally, strain into a chilled mixing glass, and use a small, handheld latte whisk for 10-15 seconds.

Variations on this Maple Whiskey Sour

Many variations can be made on this whiskey sour. Here are some of my favorites

  • split the bourbon with a quality apple brandy to add apple into the flavor palate of the drink
  • use sassafras and sorghum bitters by Bourbon Barrel Foods
  • use ginger bitters instead of cinnamon, with ginger syrup in place of the cinnamon
  • omit the maple syrup and just use cinnamon syrup
  • Use an aged rum as the base spirit, or a great rye whiskey
  • Use coffee, cinnamon or vanilla infused maple syrup

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Whiskey Maple Sour on a coaster in a coupe glass with a gold jigger

Maple Whiskey Sour – The Syrupticious Sour

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
I crave maple sours once the weather turns, and the caramel and toffee notes in traditional bourbons make a delicious combination when paired with the sourness of fresh lemon juice. This sour may be served over the rocks on or up in a chilled coupe.
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Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz maple syrup drop to ¼ if you prefer a more sour cocktail
  • ¼ oz cinnamon syrup***
  • ¾ oz aquafaba or egg white optional
  • 3 dashes cinnamon bitters
  • Garnish, cinnamon sugar rim

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the glass by adding a sugar cinnamon rim and placing it in the freezer.
  • Combine ingredients in a shaking tin.
  • Fill with ice. Shake for 10-12 seconds.
  • (If using egg white, strain into a chilled mixing glass and use a latte whiske for 10-15 seconds.)
  • Strain into the prepared coupe glass.
  • Garnish.
Keyword apple bitters, boston sour, cinnamon, egg white, lemon, maple, Whiskey Sour
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By on October 15th, 2022
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About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location

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