If there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s a bourbon cocktail. During the fall and winter months, even in Los Angeles and Santa Ynez, it does get a bit chilly, and bourbon tends to warm my bones, and gently nudges me into the holiday spirit. My husband is a huge fan of a bourbon sour, and this drink is a twist on that because it contains orange juice, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a big splash of good bourbon, along with some maple syrup for sweetness. The combination of bourbon and citrus are perfection and the earthy maple notes just add another layer of refreshing taste.
A few drops of angostura bitters on top of the drink provides that special touch that brings it all together, and makes this drink so pleasing. I mixed it up in a cocktail shaker, but if you’re having a party, you could make a big batch in a pitcher, and splash the bitters on top with each serving. I think this drink will definitely bring you some major holiday cheer and a happy new year too.
2 ounces or 1 shot of bourbon
1 ounce or 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 ounce or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 ounces or 1 shot of soda water
3 dashes angostura bitters
1 orange slice for garnish
(Makes 1 Cocktail)
- Fill a shaker with ice and add bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup.
- Shake, shake , shake and strain over a glass with one big cube or several cubes.
- Top with soda water, stir gently. Add 3 shakes of bitters over top. Garnish with orange wheel. Enjoy!