Whiskey Sour With A Maple Twist

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The whiskey sour is a timeless drink, a perfect blend of sweet and tart that’s both refreshing and potent. But sometimes, you crave a little something extra, a touch of autumnal warmth to complement the citrusy zing. That’s where the maple whiskey sour comes in. This variation infuses the classic recipe with the rich, caramelized notes of maple syrup, creating a complex and satisfying cocktail.

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about crafting the perfect maple whiskey sour, from gathering ingredients to shaking and serving. We’ll even delve into the drink’s nutritional content for those who are curious.

Maple Whiskey Sour
Maple Whiskey Sour


2 ounces whiskey (bourbon or rye work well)

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce pure maple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
  • 1 egg white (optional, for a frothy top)
  • Ice
  • Orange peel or cherry for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Gather your tools: You’ll need a cocktail shaker, a strainer, a jigger (for measuring), and a chilled coupe glass.

    2. Chill the glass: Fill your coupe glass with ice and let it sit for a minute or two. This will ensure your drink stays nice and cold. Discard the ice before adding your cocktail.

    3. Separate the egg white (optional): If you’re opting for a frothy top, carefully separate the egg white from the yolk and add it to your shaker first.

    4. Dry shake (optional): This step helps create a luxurious foam on your drink. With just the egg white in the shaker, shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.

    5. Add remaining ingredients: Pour in the whiskey, lemon juice, maple syrup, and bitters (if using) to the shaker. Fill it with ice and shake again for an additional 10-15 seconds. You want the drink to be well chilled and diluted.

    6. Strain and serve: Empty the chilled coupe glass and use your strainer to pour the cocktail into it. Discard the ice from the shaker.

    7. Garnish (optional): Express the oils from an orange peel by squeezing it over the drink and then dropping it in. Alternatively, you can use a maraschino cherry.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

    Calories: 220-240 (depending on the whiskey)

  • Carbohydrates: 15-20 grams (mostly from the maple syrup)
  • Protein: 0-1 gram (depending on if you use egg white)
  • Fat: 0 grams

  • Please note: This is a general estimate and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    The maple whiskey sour is a delightful twist on a classic cocktail. The rich maple syrup adds a layer of complexity that complements the whiskey’s warmth and the lemon juice’s tartness. It’s a perfect drink for enjoying on a cool evening or anytime you want a sophisticated yet approachable beverage.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

    In a pinch, bottled lemon juice can work, but fresh lemon juice will definitely provide a brighter, more vibrant flavor.

    2. What kind of whiskey should I use?

    Both bourbon and rye whiskey work well in this recipe. Bourbon offers a sweeter, caramelized taste, while rye has a spicier profile. Choose whichever suits your preference.

    3. I don’t like egg whites in my cocktails. What can I use for a frothy top?

    You can experiment with aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas) as a vegan alternative to egg white. Simply add a tablespoon of aquafaba to the shaker along with the other ingredients and shake vigorously.

    4. The drink seems too sweet for me. How can I adjust the sweetness?

    Start with ¾ ounce of maple syrup and taste your drink. If it’s too sweet, reduce the amount of maple syrup by ¼ teaspoon increments until you reach your desired level of sweetness.

    5. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

    While you can pre-measure your ingredients, it’s best to shake and serve the maple whiskey sour fresh. The egg white (if using) can lose its frothiness over time, and the ice will melt, diluting the drink.