Bourbon Sour
Bourbon Sour

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.

 Maple Rosemary Bourbon Sour from @kitchenmagpie

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.
 Maple Rosemary Bourbon Sour from @kitchenmagpie

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!

Happy Drinking!

Mike ( AKA Mr Magpie)


How to Make a Maple Rosemary Bourbon Sour! #rosemary #bourbon #cocktail

5 from 4 votes
Maple Rosemary Bourbon Sour
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Nothing says cold weather cocktail like maple syrup and bourbon! Add in some rosemary for a savory note and you have a new favorite for the holidays!
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon sour
Servings: 4
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Mike Johnston
  • 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
  1. Crush two sprigs of rosemary in a large measuring cup (enough to hold all of the ingredients) with a muddler.
  2. Add in bourbon, maple syrup, Sortilege maple whiskey and lemon juice.
  3. Give it a stir.
  4. 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.
  5. Strain into a clean pitcher.
  6. Add ice to glasses, pour over ice.
  7. Add a sprig of rosemary and a slice of lemon for garnish, if desired.
  8. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Maple Rosemary Bourbon Sour
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 67mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Sugars 7g
Vitamin C 19.9%
Calcium 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



I don't cook or bake but I do write. I'm the one who gets stuck with the cleaning. I ALSO love my kids, chocolate, my wife and bourbon. The order depends on when you ask. Read his latest tech article on his other website, CMS Critic: How to start a food blog. You can find me on Instagram@MrKitchenMagpie


  1. This was SO good – we might have shared it between two of us…… hah

  2. Renata Vlaho Reply

    Here’s a new bourbon drink we can try Linda, Lorraine, Terri

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