Maple Bourbon Smash


Bourbon and maple syrup are a perfect pair in this flavor-packed variation on the Old Fashioned.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 drink

Robb Turner, owner of Crown Maple, uses syrup produced on his 800-acre organic maple farm to make this riff on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. In addition to swapping out sugar with his richly flavored syrup, Robb muddles an orange wheel in the glass for an extra layer of tart citrus flavor. To finish, he tops off the cocktail with a splash of seltzer, which adds another form of acidity and opens up the nuances of the bourbon and maple syrup.

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Julia Hartbeck


  • 1/2 ounce pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark Amber

  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice

  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 4 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 1/2 orange wheel

  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • Ice

  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled seltzer


  1. Overhead view of the ingredients for a Maple-Bourbon Smash.

    Julia Hartbeck

    Gather your ingredients.

  2. Maple syrup, citrus juice, and bitters are added to a rocks glass.

    Julia Hartbeck

    In a rocks glass, combine the maple syrup with the orange juice, lemon juice, and bitters.

  3. An orange wheel is muddled in the glass.

    Julia Hartbeck

    Add the orange wheel and lightly muddle.

  4. Bourbon is added and stirred with muddled orange mixture.

    Julia Hartbeck

    Add the bourbon and stir well.

  5. Ice and seltzer are added to the glass.

    Julia Hartbeck

    Fill the glass with ice and top with the chilled seltzer.

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