Slowly back away from the Aunt Jemima.
Today, these will not do. Because today we’re mixing up the Maple Leaf, a delightful number that calls for bourbon, lemon juice and real maple syrup and tastes like a rich, autumnal take on the whiskey sour. It’s sweet, it’s tart, and it’s bourbon. So it hits all the right notes.
Now, apart from tapping a maple tree, your next best option is to simply buy a good bottle of 100% maple syrup. It’s not hard to find. It may come in a little jug or be encased in a glass maple leaf. You’ll know it when you see it.
Then, syrup in hand, you’re ready for step two. Which is to mix up a batch of these for party guests. Or sip one by the fire as you read an actual, physical book. Or abscond to the nearest campsite whereupon you’ll sit with a blanket on your lap and a drink in your hand.
Those are just a few probably unnecessary examples of how this cocktail could come in handy. We’ll think up some others while you get to making one.
2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz maple syrup
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice until cold, then strain into a cocktail glass.