It’s good to be back making cocktails again on a more regular basis now that we’ve finally had two seconds to sit down after this whirlwind book tour for Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky. It was a helluva ride and Karlynn did a ton of media. Now that we’re home, I wanted to get back into more regular cocktail recipes and of course, being big fans of bourbon sours, I figured I’d start with one.
I did a Canadian spin on this particular drink and included a Canadian staple.. maple syrup in the drink to give it a sweet note. I think you’ll like it. We also used one of my favorite cocktail glasses for this shot, the much coveted pheasant glasses. I love these things, they are just awesome.
I think I own the whole set now as we tend to immediately buy anything similar for our bar-ware collection (which you’ll see throughout these recipes). Speaking of which, let me know in the comments if you think a bar-ware index would be something you’d enjoy seeing.
This sour consists of Jim Beam Bourbon, maple syrup, Sortilege (so good and a staple in our house!) and lemon juice. I added in some rosemary to give this drink a savory note and it’s an absolute must. The amounts in the recipe below are enough for a total of 4 drinks because 2 definitely isn’t enough!
Karlynn likes an added shot of Sortilege in hers ( she says it’s for sweetness…..but do we really believe her?) so make sure to adjust it to your liking. I like a bourbon sour that makes your face pucker up like Popeye’s face, but you might not. Add more maple syrup or Sortilege to taste before straining!
Mike ( AKA Mr Magpie)
- 12 ounces of bourbon
- 1 1/2 ounces of maple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces of Sortilege maple whiskey (if you can't get this in your area use 3 ounces of maple syrup instead.
- 6 ounces of lemon juice
- 2 slices sprigs of rosemary and 2 of lemon for garnish
Crush two sprigs of rosemary in a large measuring cup (enough to hold all of the ingredients) with a muddler. Add in bourbon, maple syrup, Sortilege maple whiskey and lemon juice. Give it a stir.
Taste and see if it's sweet enough ( this can be sour!) and add more syrup or hey, Sortilege if you like, to bring it to your desired level.
Strain into a clean pitcher. Add ice to glasses, pour over ice. Add a sprig of rosemary and a slice of lemon for garnish, if desired.