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Old-fashioned with a maple twist

In its classic version, an old-fashioned is made of whiskey, sugar and a few dashes ofbitter, accompanied by a zest of orange.

In this version of the old-fashioned, we had fun replacing the sugar with maple syrup from Distillerie 1769, which is aged in bourbon oak barrels.

Note that you could use any other maple syrup to make this cocktail recipe.

Ingredients used for the maple old-fashioned
The ingredients of the old-fashioned: aromatic bitters, whiskey, maple syrup and cherries
Photo credit: Ariane Simard-Picard

To make this cocktail, we also used a mixing glass and lots of ice to thin the mixture and bind the ingredients together.

The result is a very cold old fashioned cocktail with an almost creamy texture.

Here is the technique to make a perfect old-fashioned

old-fashioned glass
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  1. Once the cocktail ingredients (except cherries) are added to the mixing glass, top off with ice.
  2. Take a visual measurement of the liquid.
  3. Using a large spoon, swirl in the glass (stirring) until the liquid has doubled.
  4. All that’s left to do is serve using a cocktail strainer to hold the ice cubes.

Another tip:
To keep a cocktail glass cold, you can put it in the refrigerator or freezer while you prepare the cocktail.

No room in the fridge? You can also fill the glass with ice while preparing the cocktail. When you are ready to serve, empty the glass of ice before pouring the cocktail.

Old fashioned recipe with a maple twist
Verre de old-fashioned revisité à l'érable
Yield: 1 glass

Old-fashioned with a maple twist

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

An old-fashioned where maple syrup replaces sugar


  • 2 oz Canadian whiskey
  • ¼ oz of maple syrup
  • 2-4 ml of aromatic bitter (ex. Angostura)
  • Ice cream


  • Cherry


  1. In a mixing glass, pour the whisky and maple syrup.
  2. Add the bitter and stir a little.
  3. Fill the mixing glass with ice.
  4. Using a mixing spoon, make a few revolutions until the amount of liquid has doubled.
  5. In an old-fashioned glass or cocktail cup, place a cherry.
  6. Add the whiskey mixture to the glass. Use a cocktail strainer to strain the ice.


Recipe created by Manuel Perrier, cocktail training and development manager at Alambika


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