Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail

by Marla on April 19, 2013 · 15 comments

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Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |
Happy Friday! Can you believe another busy week has flown by? Hopefully you had a great one & hopefully you have some fun weekend plans in the works…we sure do! This Orange Maple Old-Fashioned cocktail is perfect for ladies & gents.

It has all the thrills of whiskey with a twist of citrus, a splash of orange bitters and some dark amber maple syrup. It is even the cocktail of choice on the popular series Mad Men.

Your welcome….

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |

Usually I post cocktails that can be made virgin or kiddo friendly. In this case that is not the case. This drink is mostly whiskey with littles citrus splashes for accents. This is a vintage cocktail that dates back to the 1800’s. Messing with it too much would be pointless.

That would be another drink.

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |

You gotta love whiskey to love this cocktail. You do? OK….then great. You have a new best friend.

The Gouda Life & Kitchen Riffs both describe this cocktail perfectly. For those who don’t like whiskey over ice, this takes the profound flavor down a notch, without loosing the integrity of the whiskey. As the ice melts the flavors combine and simmer down the heat a little bit.

For folks who want a full bodied whiskey kick you won’t loose a thing.

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |

This is a drink you drink slowly and mindfully. Not one you slam in seconds. This is comfort and sophistication. No bells and whistles. After all it’s old-fashioned, a classic.

I love that old fashioned’s are served in short “Old Fashioned” glasses. No tall stems to get in your way. Not too easy to tip over. The glass has some weight, to give a warm hug to the drink inside.

A small squat glass is simply another indicator that this is meant to be savored ~ enjoyed ~ sip. by. sip.

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |

Hopefully you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail


  • 1 tablespoon pure Maple Syrup (I prefer darker grade B)
  • 2 ounces Whiskey
  • a few splashes of Orange Bitters
  • a squeeze of fresh Orange
  • Ice
  • garnish with some Orange Rind


  • Combine all ingredients well excluding ice & garnish, stir to combine. Add some ice. Let the drink sit a minute or two for the flavors to combine.
  • Notes
  • Adjust maple syrup according to how sweet you want your old-fashioned.

Old Fashioned Recipe Links

Orange Maple Old-Fashioned Cocktail | A Whiskey Lover's Drink |




{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathryn April 19, 2013 at 6:33 am

This cocktail sounds dangerously delicious!


2 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 19, 2013 at 6:38 am

You make this drink look amazing! And it probably is! The with the maple and Jack. This definitely isn’t a white wine spritzer, now is it. Go bold or go home :)


3 Marla April 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

Ha! Averie, you crack me up. You are correct ~ certainly not a wine cooler 😉


4 Rosa April 19, 2013 at 6:43 am

Gorgeous clicks and a wonderful cocktail!




5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

I’ve never had an old fashioned… weird! But this looks awesome, I definitely need to try!


6 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

I definitely need it today.


7 Susan April 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

Ah, the Old-fashioned; a Northern Wisconsin must! And now I know what to do with those jugs of local maple syrup sitting on top of my kitchen counter. Good thing I happened to buy orange bitters yesterday (what a coincidence!). Looking forward to trying this version out.


8 Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

This sounds so good! What a great combo of flavours for a cocktail!


9 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

Gorgeous! Now that’s a way to start the weekend :)


10 Marla April 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

Why thank you Anna! :)


11 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Fabulous photos, Marla! I love the twist you put on this tasty cocktail, too. I can always tell when my husband has started watching Mad Men again… he drinks these more often! :)


12 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

It’s Friday night so you know I definitely need one of these stat!


13 Nutmeg Nanny April 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Orange maple, Yum! This sounds really great :)


14 Carla @ Carlas Confections April 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Ooh I want one of these now! And I want to come to Telluride and get some photography lessons from you. Your photos are gor-GEOUS


15 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes September 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

I started liking whiskey when someone handed me an old fashioned. Good stuff! Even made a bundt cake with the flavors.


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