The turkey is brining, the pies are made and final preparations are in full swing for the Thanksgiving feast. Time for a little break! And what better way to kick back than with a Rosemary and Orange Maple Bourbon Cocktail!
Run your hand across sprigs of fresh Rosemary to release its beautiful aroma and you’re instantly transported to the holidays. Now imagine a maple syrup infused with this earthy herb. This cocktail begins with a smooth bourbon with its caramel and spice undertones. A touch of citrus is added from a splash of orange juice to brighten the flavor and then it’s finished with the rosemary-infused maple syrup.
This cocktail is an adaptation of a recipe from a great bar book, “Shake” written by Eric Prum and Josh Williams. It’s a wonderful book full of stunning photography and delightful cocktail recipes. The original version of this cocktail calls for lemon juice and sprigs of fresh rosemary simply added to the cocktail shaker.
I wondered if it was possible to get more of the rosemary flavor into the cocktail. So I decided to infuse the rosemary into the maple syrup. I love infusing herbs in simple syrup. It’s easy to do and the subtle herb flavors are pulled into the syrup through the infusion. It seemed logical that if you could infuse the flavor of herbs into simple syrup, the same would work with a maple syrup. Simply warming the syrup with sprigs of fresh rosemary then letting the syrup chill overnight added the right touch of earthiness I was after.
This cocktail has just enough sweet to balance out the rich, warm bourbon notes and is perfect in front of a roaring fire! Let the holidays begin!
Rosemary and Orange Maple Bourbon Cocktail
To make the rosemary-infused maple syrup:
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, rinsed and dried
1 cup real maple syrup
Pour the maple syrup into a small saucepan; add the sprigs of fresh rosemary. Bring the syrup to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For two cocktails:
½ cup good bourbon
¼ cup orange juice
3 tablespoons rosemary-maple syrup
Pour the bourbon, orange juice and rosemary-maple syrup into a cocktail shaker; add a cup of ice. Shake until well blended and chilled. Pour over ice and serve.