The Boston Canadian: A Maple Bourbon Shandy

 

Maple Bourbon Shandy | 80twentyMaple Bourbon Shandy | 80twentyEver since I started writing this Healthy Happy Hour cocktails column for Tuja Wellness, I look at seasonal produce much more differently. Prior to this, I’d seek out inspiration for my next meals, snacks, desserts, etc. by looking at what was fresh and in-season around me. That hasn’t changed, but now I look at things through a much broader lens because I’m also always thinking about how I could put those same seasonal ingredients into a cocktail. Maple syrup, a bonafide Canadian ingredient, gives inspiration year-round (but most prominently in the Spring when the festivals see people actually tapping into the trees to get at the liquid gold). I love its rich, sweet creaminess paired with, well, almost anything. Since the Samuel Adams Boston Lager has caramel-like undertones, I thought maple syrup would bring those caramel notes out. It was that thought that got me on a streak of recipe-testing beer-inspired cocktails that included maple syrup. After trying out several versions, including some with rosemary, meyer lemon, and orange bitters, I landed on this version, which happens to be my favourite. Paired with bourbon, a squeeze of orange juice, and–for something a little different–coffee bitters. There is a warm creaminess that perfectly captures the mood of the season. Topped with Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which is lovely on it’s own or as a partner to this pizza (recipe coming soon!), this drink becomes extra special. Beer is often thought of as something you drink cold, on a hot day. But with the addition of these other ingredients, this classic beer is transformed into a special occasion drink, a sitting by the fire bevvie, or a chilling with friends on a cold night sip. A warming, balanced, come out from the cold drink, it’s my new cocktail for the fall. The coffee bitters really adds a new layer of depth to it for me, but if you don’t have them, try it without. It’s still lovely! If you drink shandies, or other beer-inspired cocktails, this will be right up your alley. And if you don’t, you just might want to try. Cheers, friends!Maple Bourbon Shandy | 80twentyMaple Bourbon Shandy | 80twentyMaple Bourbon Shandy | 80twenty

 

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The Boston Canadian: A Maple Bourbon Shandy
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Recipe type: Drinks, Cocktails
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Serves: 2
 
Smooth, creamy, rich, and maple-y, this is not your average beer-inspired drink! Try pairing beer in a this cocktail for a whole new drink experience.
Ingredients
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz orange juice
  • A few drops of coffee bitters
  • 1 bottle Samuel Adams Boston Lager, divided (which you can find at the LCBO or Beer Store in Ontario)
  • Orange twist or wedge for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Pour the maple syrup, bourbon, orange juice, and about 4 drops of bitters into a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake the shaker vigorously for about 10-15 seconds and strain into two short glasses filled with ice. Top with 4-6 ounces (half a bottle) of the Boston Lager and stir to combine. Garnish with an orange twist/wedge and drink immediately.

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22 Comments

  • Reply November 12, 2014

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    This sounds awesome! Isn’t recipe-testing for cocktails THE BEST? Hehehe .. I’ve never worked with bitters before. Where do you get yours?

    • Reply November 12, 2014

      Kris

      It’s true, Sara! Unless you make a bad one and then you’re annoyed because you wasted all that booze. Hahaha. :) The bitters are actually from a local company, but you can buy them online if you search coffee and smoke bitters (FYI – my batch was not smoky at all, which is how I like it). Here is a link, if that’s helpful to you. http://bit.ly/1wlA12U And thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply November 12, 2014

    Toni | BoulderLocavore

    We are enjoying record breaking low temperatures in Colorado with a snow storm and the only thing that could make it more cozy would be this cocktail! What an innovative mixture. Love your site and photography too!

    • Reply November 12, 2014

      Kris

      I’m sorry to hear about the weather right now. It’s too early for that! I hope this cocktail keeps you cozy in the meantime. Thanks for stopping by, Toni! :)

  • Reply November 12, 2014

    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    This sounds delicious, and perfect for my end of day me time!

    • Reply November 12, 2014

      Kris

      That’s exactly how I feel, Gerry! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  • Reply November 12, 2014

    Liberty

    As someone who is not ready to give up a beer-filled summer, I can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Reply November 12, 2014

      Kris

      I’m already missing summer, as well!

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  • Reply November 13, 2014

    Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    This recipe is so much fun – I love the use of maple here. And your photos are drop-dead gorgeous!!

    • Reply November 13, 2014

      Kris

      Oh, thanks Faith!! It’s so sweet of you to stop by. :)

  • Reply November 13, 2014

    Lori @RecipeGirl

    Your photos are gorgeous! I could use one of these right now!

    • Reply November 13, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks for stopping by, Lori! All I have to say to that is #treatyoself. :)

  • I’ve really thought of shandies as only a summer time cocktail. I’ll have to give them a fall and winter time try! And coffee bitters? I’ll be on the lookout for those, too!

    • Reply November 13, 2014

      Kris

      Me too, Anne-Marie! It wasn’t until I thought of the warming flavours of bourbon and maple that it seemed so obvious to me. I hope you give it a try. And thanks for stopping by! :)

  • Reply November 17, 2014

    Nutmeg Nanny

    This whole post is dreamy! This is the perfect fall shandy. LOVE!

    • Reply November 17, 2014

      Kris

      Awww thanks, lady!

  • Reply November 18, 2014

    Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    This looks amazing! I love that there’s maple syrup involved. I’ve never tried any kind of alcoholic drink with it. Sounds so comforting. :)

    • Reply November 18, 2014

      Kris

      Maple syrup is a great substitute for simple syrup in many cocktails. That rich maple-y flavour really butters it up, if you know what I mean. :) Thanks for stopping by, Erin. :)

  • Reply November 21, 2014

    Aida

    Bourbon, orange & maple… you may have stolen my heart. This is like fall embodied in a cocktail and I love it. PS, your pics are beautiful!

    • Reply November 21, 2014

      Kris

      Awww thanks, Aida! :)

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