Signature Cocktail: Maple-Bourbon Smash


While your caterer/beverage service might have several signature drink options, this regular feature will give you ideas and suggestions for your own signature drink to serve guests at your wedding (taste-tested and approved by us)! Do you have a fun idea for a wedding signature cocktail? E-mail us the recipe or let us know in the comments section below!

Now that fall (and winter in some parts of the country) is fully upon us, it’s fun to see not only our seasonal food options change, but our cocktail choices change as well. While I love anything cava/prosecco/champagne based all year round, it’s really not until the fall and winter that a bourbon-based drink sounds good to me.

When it comes to bourbon-based cocktails (or any cocktail for that matter), the fewer ingredients, the better. I’m definitely not a fan of overly-sweet drinks or anything with sugar as an ingredient, so when I saw this recipe with maple syrup I got a little too excited. If you haven’t used maple syrup as a sweetener before, you’re missing out. It’s one of the healthiest natural sweeteners you can have (it even wins over agave), and you have to use A LOT to make something too sweet. It’s a win-win.

I think this recipe for a maple-bourbon smash (which I actually found in my Williams Sonoma catalogue!) would make an amazing choice for a fall or winter wedding. The bourbon and maple syrup combo is amazing, and the lemon adds the perfect amount of tartness to lighten the whole thing up.

Recipe courtesy of the Williams Sonoma test kitchen:

2 oz. (30 ml) bourbon
1 oz. (30 ml) maple syrup
1 oz. (30 ml) lemon juice
1 lemon twist

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Stir until the drink is thoroughly chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a double old-fashioned glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately. Makes 1 drink.



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