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Welcome fall with this maple old fashioned which features maple syrup and apple infused bourbon for a very New England take on the classic cocktail. | justalittlebitofbacon.com
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Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail with Apple Infused Bourbon

Welcome fall with this maple old fashioned which features maple syrup and apple infused bourbon for a very New England take on the classic cocktail.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 days 5 minutes
Total Time 5 days 5 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

Apple Infused Bourbon

  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 2 cups chopped apples, cored but not peeled
  • 1 vanilla bean, slit up the middle
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Apple Old Fashioned

  • 5 oz apple infused bourbon
  • 4 drops Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz soda water
  • ice
  • apple sticks

Instructions

  • Yes, this cocktail takes 5 days! You are infusing your own bourbon and that takes a week to do, though only a few minutes of active time. As for making the cocktail once you've infused the bourbon, that takes about 5 minutes.

Apple Infused Bourbon

  • Mix together the chopped apples and the bourbon in a sealable glass container. Let the mixture sit on the counter for 4 days. Shake the jar once or twice a day.
  • Once you like the apple flavor of the bourbon, add the vanilla bean. Let it steep for 12 hours, then add the cinnamon stick and let it steep for about 12 hours more.
  • Once the bourbon is done steeping, pour the bourbon into a strainer set over a bowl and discard all the solids. Then, using a coffee filter or a couple of layers of cheesecloth, filter the bourbon into a second container. Your bourbon should be completely clear after straining. If it isn't, strain it again.

Apple Old Fashioned

  • Add the bourbon, bitters, and maple syrup to a shaker with some ice. Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Shake well and then divide into the glasses. Top with a bit of soda water if you wish.
  • Fun garnishes include apple sticks - cut two or three apple slices into sticks, maraschino cherries, green grapes, or a slice of orange peel. Also, you can rim the glasses with cinnamon sugar (as in my photos). Rub an apple slice around the outside of the glass and then roll it in the cinnamon sugar.

Notes

  • You'll only need 1-2 apples for the bourbon, so using two of the same is probably the easiest. I like a tart, crisp apple, like honeycrisp. And I really, really recommend using organic. Alcohol is GREAT at extracting and will extract every pesticide right into your infusion.
  • If need be, you can substitute honey or agave nectar for the maple syrup, though you may need a little more or less. However, the maple + bourbon combo is pretty amazing.
  • If you're not sure about how long you want to steep the vanilla or cinnamon in the bourbon, you can strain out the apples first and then do the other flavors separately.
  • I highly recommend the apple sticks as a garnish. The apples soak up some of the bourbon while they sit and become so tasty.