Maple Bourbon Smash

This maple bourbon smash is a refreshing bourbon cocktail that’s full of flavor: perfectly balanced and tangy, with a hint of mint.

Maple bourbon smash

Looking for a bourbon cocktail that’s tangy and refreshing? This maple bourbon smash tastes a little like a whiskey sour, but with bourbon. It’s perfectly tart and just sweet enough, with a back-end hint of spirits. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and there’s a bit of herbaceous mint, too! We served it as a cocktail when my sister came to visit and everyone loved it: even the non-bourbon lovers! So it’s a crowd-pleaser all around. Keep reading for the recipe!

Maple bourbon smash

What’s a bourbon smash?

First off: what is a bourbon smash? A smash is an icy cocktail that often highlights seasonal fruit or herbs. It’s made for hot days, and can be made with your spirit of choice (vodka, bourbon and whiskey all work). The smash is pretty variable, and flexible depending on the season. (Here’s more on the history of the smash cocktail.)

Mint is a classic choice used in a smash, but other herbs can work. If you’d like, you can water down your smash a bit, or top off with a bit of soda water.

Other smash recipes we love: Blackberry Bourbon Smash, Whiskey Smash, Berry Vodka Smash

How to muddle

Cocktail tools for a bourbon smash

For this maple bourbon smash, you’ll need a few cocktail tools. But if you’re not ready to invest, you can use one of our alternatives below! Here’s what you’ll need to make a maple bourbon smash:

  • 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker: A cocktail shaker quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice, then has a perforated lid so you can pour out the cocktail without pouring out the ice as well. What can you use instead? Use a glass mason jar. Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Screw on the top and shake away!
  • Cocktail Muddler: A cocktail muddler is used to mash fruits and herbs in a glass or cocktail shaker to release their flavor. What can you use instead? Use a wooden spoon to gently mash the berries, lime wedges, and mint leaves.
Maple bourbon smash

How to make a maple bourbon smash

Once you’ve got the tools for the job, making this maple bourbon smash is seriously simple. Overall, you’ll find that the maple syrup here doesn’t add a maple flavor; it’s simply used as a natural sweetener instead of simple syrup.

Here are the basic steps to make this bourbon smash (scroll down for the full recipe):

  • Muddle lemon and mint in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add bourbon and maple syrup. Shake with ice.
  • Strain into a glass. Add a bit of soda water, if desired. Serve with crushed ice.
Maple bourbon smash

Drinks with natural sweeteners

If you like drinks with natural sweeteners, you’re in luck! Alex and I love to develop cocktails that are naturally sweet using pure maple syrup. Maple syrup has essentially the same sugar content as refined sugar, so it’s not necessarily healthier. However, we find that it has a gentler way to sweeten drinks that don’t leave us with fuzzy teeth (ever had that happen?). Also, you can often find local maple syrup if supporting local is something that’s important to you!

Here are some of our favorite classic cocktails that we’ve revamped using honey or maple syrup:

More with bourbon…

And a few more recipes with bourbon, to help use up your bottle!

This maple bourbon smash recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Maple bourbon smash

Maple Bourbon Smash


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

This maple bourbon smash is a refreshing bourbon cocktail that’s full of flavor: perfectly balanced and tangy, with a hint of mint.


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Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 lemon, sliced into 2 wedges
  • 5 large mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Soda water, for serving
  • Crushed ice, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the lemon wedges and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle 4 to 5 times to extract flavor. (Here’s more on How to Muddle Mint.)
  2. Add the bourbon and maple syrup and fill the shaker with ice. If desired, add a splash of soda water. Shake until cold and strain into a glass. Serve with crushed ice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Maple bourbon smash, Bourbon smash

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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