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Maple Leaf

By Stephen Thompson


50ml Bourbon

25ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Maple Syrup

Cinnamon Stick to Garnish


Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds


188 calories


Contains maple syrup


Serves 1

This simple, sour-style cocktail combines caramel-y bourbon with maple syrup and tart lemon juice to create a mellow, moreish cocktail.


50ml Bourbon

25ml Lemon Juice

12.5ml Maple Syrup

Cinnamon Stick to Garnish


Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure add the bourbon and maple syrup to your shaker.

Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add it to the shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid, before shaking vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Fill your rocks glass with cubed ice and, using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into your rocks glass.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Serve and enjoy!


This one came via our resident cocktail chemist and events manager, Jake Rogers, we asked him to elaborate on the inclusion of this deliciously simple, winter warmer cocktail:

“It’s something I used just as a super simplistic cocktail with an American theme, I think it was for a Thanksgiving event. The maple syrup has the perfect rich sweetness to balance out the zing of the lemon and the bourbon gives it that woody warmth for an autumn-y, wintry twist on a classic sour.”

The Maple Leaf is something of a myth in its own right, whilst there seem to be hundreds of nearly identical recipes for this drink across the web and in various cocktail books, none of the authors claim its creation.