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The Boozy Maple Orchard


The Boozy Maple Orchard

Hey guys, it’s Clark sharing the recipe today! I offered to write the post for this new drink because bourbon brings back some nostalgia from those good ol’ college years. Back when I thought it was so cool to drink Kentucky straight bourbon with no chaser… And I’m not talking about the good stuff, either! Needless to say, those days are long gone and my palette is a bit more refined. Now, if I’m drinking whisky, it’s going to be in a delicious drink like this one.

Maple Orchard

For this recipe I wanted a proper bourbon with that classic Kentucky taste, and one that would provide a higher-proof kick to this sweet, maple-tasting drink. After perusing over 100 varieties at Astor Wine and Liquors in SoHo, I decided on Elijah Craig’s 12-year small batch bourbon.

This smooth, 94-proof liquor has caramel notes and a light oaky flavor. It’s known as “the world’s greatest small batch bourbon,” and for good reason. Properly aged, small batch, true Kentucky bourbon? Sold.

Maple Orchard

This is the perfect November/December cocktail. Make this for your friends and family at Thanksgiving dinner and they’ll love you forever. Or a least until their glasses are empty! Because it can be prepared solely in your blender, this is an ideal large batch drink.

Adjust the quantities accordingly and serve in a highball glass with a large ice cube, cinnamon stick, and a slice of apple. We picked up a couple of these square silicon ice cube trays on Amazon. Best $8.50 I’ve spent in a long time. The huge cubes melt much slower, which keeps your drink from being watered down.

Maple Orchard Apples

I highly recommend giving this drink a shot at your Thanksgiving dinner! It’s the perfect marriage of a manly bourbon cocktail with a bit of sweetness for all those whisky haters. [I know you’re out there.] It’s made of simple ingredients and it’s easy to make. Just apples, lemon, maple syrup, cinnamon, and bourbon – no nonsense.

If you want to include the youngsters, just leave out the bourbon. It’s a special treat and they will love the taste just as much as the adults.

Always remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.


The Boozy Maple Orchard

Cinnamon, maple, and apple complement warm layers of bourbon in this cozy fall cocktail.

  • Author: Jordan Cord
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks


  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces apple puree (we recommend gala apples)
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)

For Garnish, Optional

  • fresh apple slices
  • cinnamon sticks


  1. Core, peel, and quarter an apple. Add to blender and puree.
  2. In the blender with the apple puree, add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon and pulse to combine.
  3. Pour over ice into a glass and garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon, as desired.

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  • Bobby
    November 23, 2015

    Hi, I was wondering how much cinnamon goes into the blender?

    • thefitchen
      November 23, 2015

      Hi Bobby – Just a dash will do! Less than 1/8 teaspoon.

  • Rachael
    November 23, 2015

    When did you add the bourbon?

    • thefitchen
      November 23, 2015

      Hi Rachael,

      Sorry about that! I just had to reformat the recipe yesterday (our site got hacked) and apparently missed that (very) important ingredient. It goes into the blender with the other ingredients. ;)

  • karima
    November 21, 2015

    your recipe for the boozy maple orchard isn’t listed. Can you please post again or email it to me.

    Thank you

    • thefitchen
      November 21, 2015

      Hi Karima –

      Sorry about that! Our website went down a few days ago and we are still working through the restoration. The recipe should be back online now… please let me know if there are any other problems! And thank you for letting me know. :)