Pure maple syrup brings earthy sweetness to this bourbon cocktail. Citrus keeps the taste fresh while ginger adds a little bite. This bourbon cocktail embraces the essence of fall!
This bourbon cocktail is the perfect fall cocktail. I think all my bourbon drinking friends should give this cocktail a try. Bourbon seems to be the drink of the day. I imagine each generation has “their drink”. Growing up I remember my dad always offering up high balls to friends. Everything was about the high ball; the whiskey, the decanter, the glasses (adorned with black and gold diamonds because it was the 70’s).
When my parents host a holiday, my dad still asks the guys if they would care for a high ball. He never asks us ladies. It’s a bit old fashioned, but so is the high ball (in my opinion).
Bourbon cocktails are the new high ball. There are so many bourbon distilleries these days; and everyone will tell you about their favorite bottles of bourbon. I do not have a favorite bottle of bourbon; I just know I prefer to “infuse” my bourbon. I suppose you could say I am not a purist.
I have to have a little sweetness with my bourbon, that is why I love this Peachy Bourbon Slush Punch and this Bourbon Daisy. This bourbon cocktail is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. It HAS to be real maple syrup, no imitations will do. A splash of juice from an orange and lemon along with freshly grated ginger cut into the sweet taste and add bright flavors to this seasonal drink. I topped my cocktail off with ginger ale for a little effervescence. It goes without saying that if you are not partial to sweet drinks either reduce the amount of maple syrup or omit it all together, the same goes with the ginger ale. The fresh ginger and the citrus will add a pop of flavor all on their own.
Someday my kids will probably giggle at the thought of our bourbon cocktails, but it doesn’t matter. I’m not making these drinks for them, they are all for me!
Ginger Maple Bourbon Cocktail
Pure maple syrup brings earthy sweetness to the bourbon cocktail. Citrus keeps the taste fresh while ginger adds a little bite.
- 2 oz maple syrup
- 4 oz bourbon
- Juice from one orange
- Juice from one lemon
- Grated ginger
- Shake, pour over ice top with ginger ale
Place syrup, bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice and fresh ginger in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour over ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with fresh lemon and orange slices.