Maple Bourbon Smash

Monday’s call for bourbon.

I don’t know about you…but I think maple syrup makes just about anything and everything better. Buddy the Elf, I am on the same page my friend.

Today was crazy beautiful and warm in the Chi. Yet somehow I was in the mood for something maple-y and wintery and delicious. This seems like the perfect cocktail for all those things. Also, you can make it more or less sweet with your amount of maple syrup you add (I like more, duh).

I’ve recently become a big fan of Monday. It’s like my old Friday in that I get all caught up on life/the things I put off over the weekend. I work on my blogs/photos, clean and organize my life, get groceries and go for lots of walks with the pup. I always feel so accomplished at the end of the day and when Mikey gets home I’m ready for some dinner, a drink and the bachelor (that’s so embarrassing).

Side note for Mikey’s sake: I will usually record The Bachelor and watch it when Mikey is gone..but sometimes if he’s home he watches sports on the iPad and I catch him watching way more often than he would ever admit. I think he’s secretly entertained.


We had such a great weekend. I think we have become  one of those couples though. Those people who would rather stay in and make dinner and drink wine and binge watch Oscar movies. We watched 3…Whoops. BUT, do not fret, we did venture out for a bit on Saturday with some friends which was super fun! We were home by 10 (I know, crazy)…ahhhhhhh such a relaxing weekend spending time with the kids (Norm and Badger).

I’m looking forward to next weekend too! My Mom is coming to town for her “Christmas present” weekend. We are going to see Beautiful, the musical about Carol King. We are going to eat, drink, laugh, (probably cry, ahem Donna) and most definitely do some shopping and perhaps pampering. I am so excited! First though, we have to get through the week because alas, it is only Monday.

But what makes Monday better? Bourbon. And the fact that it’s 5 o’clock here and happy hours has begun at the Evon’s. Come on by and I’ll make you a bourbon. And the best part is that you most definitely have all the ingredients for this tasty cocktail in your pantry/fridge already!









Maple Bourbon Smash

  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 Ounce Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1/2 Orange Wheel
2 Ounces Bourbon
1 1/2 Ounces Chilled Seltzer

Combine maple syrup, lemon juice, bitters and orange wheel into a glass. Muddle together lightly and add bourbon. Stir well. Fill glass with ice and finish off with chilled seltzer. garnish with an orange rind, lemon rind or citrus slice and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine



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