“With the ice and snow slowly melting away and spontaneous bursts of sunshine daring us to lose our toques and don a lighter scarf, March also brings the pure pleasure of the maple syrup harvest. An all-natural sweetener referred to as ?the first agricultural crop of the year? by the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association, a million litres are produced annually in the province. Approximately 40 litres of sap are reduced to produce 1 litre of syrup, elevating the sugar content from 2% to 66%.
Incredibly versatile in sweet and savoury applications, maple syrup is a beautiful complement to Canadian whisky. This mint infused cocktail takes inspiration from the traditional treat of maple syrup drizzled over snow.”
Recipe: Muddled Mint & Maple
Crushed ice marries the sweetness and spice of the whisky, maple and bitters with a minty fresh finish.
- 2oz mint infused whisky*
- 0.75oz maple syrup– I use Crinklaw Maple Products!
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- mint sprig
- Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
- To a mixing glass, add mint infused whisky, maple syrup and Angostura bitters.
- Add ice and stir briskly for 5 revolutions. This will combine and chill the ingredients but limit dilution.
- Strain over crushed ice.
- Clap the mint sprig between your palms to release its aromatics and garnish.
*Mint infused whisky:
Add 10oz whisky and 20 mint leaves to a jar. Lightly press the mint leaves with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to release its aromatics. Do not shred the leaves, as it will impart a bitter flavour. Put the lid on the jar and allow to sit for 30min, turning it over every 10min. Strain infused whisky and discard mint leaves. Chill in the fridge for 1hr prior to use. Store for 4 weeks.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
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