Dark and rich maple syrup, tangy citrus-y lime juice, and a good amount of smooth whiskey. You’ll love sipping this maple bourbon sour! Perfectly balanced, great for drinking by the fire or on a hot summer’s day, and takes just 5 minutes to shake one up. What are you waiting for?
I have to admit that testing cocktails is one of my favorite things about this job. (And probably number one for my husband! 😉 ) So, as soon as I took the photos of my frozen mango daiquiri, I thought ‘I need to develop a fall cocktail!!’
Fall Bourbon Cocktail
It didn’t take me long to settle on a bourbon drink, as I love bourbon and I especially love it in the cooler months of the year, but what to make?
That’s when I remembered a wonderful maple lime daiquiri I had a while back while out to eat. It was sweet, but not too sweet, sour in the just the right amount, and I realized it would be a great way to twist the classic bourbon sour just a little.
And do you know what else is amazing about the maple/lime combination? It tastes like apples! 🍎🍏
Honestly. You get a hint of tart apple as you sip the drink which makes it even better for a fall cocktail. I mean really. It’s like it was meant to be.
How do you make a maple bourbon sour?
To make a maple bourbon sour mix together bourbon with lime juice, maple syrup, and bitters. Shake with ice, then pour into an ice filled glass.
- Pour in 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon.
- Pour in 1/2 ounce of maple syrup.
- Squeeze in 1/2 ounce of lime juice.
- Add a couple of drops of bitters.
- Shake with ice and strain into a glass.
Though I love a fancy craft cocktail as much as anyone (and more than some!), this drink uses all easy to find ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry/fridge and is a perfect recipe to make when you want some thing both simple and satisfying.
What is the best bourbon for a bourbon (whiskey) sour?
There are a TON of wonderful bourbons out there these days from very basic bourbons to very fancy bourbons. I personally would pick a bourbon which is in the middle somewhere. Nothing too fancy since it will be mixed in the drink, but nothing too basic either since the bourbon is the main flavor in the cocktail.
A few of my favorite bourbons which are wonderful when enjoyed by themselves but aren’t too precious to use in a mixed drink are:
- Buffalo Trace
- Knob Creek
- Basil Hayden’s
Each of these bourbons are widely available and each would make a great bourbon sour. As far as which one to chose, it depends on your tastes and what you see at the store.
If you try my recipe for a Maple Lime Bourbon Sour, I would love to hear from you in the comments with your experience and rating! And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
– Happy Drinking, Annemarie
Maple Lime Bourbon Sour
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz maple syrup
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1-2 drops angostura bitters
- Add bourbon, maple syrup, lime, and bitters to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until the drink is well mixed and cold.
- Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice a lime if desired.