Cocktail/Mocktail #6: Marla's Maple and Maple Milk

Last month we looked at the fine art of maple sugaring, so it's only natural that we turn toward's ways to capitalize on the early spring bounty. Here's a one-two punch of awesome that showcases the slightly nutty, rich caramel flavors of the maple syrup you just made.

For the adults, I present a special concoction that boasts a hit of maple syrup to round out the balance between ripe, fruit forward pear brandy and tart meyer lemon juice. A good Vermouth like Carpano Antica Formula will really tie the room together, so make the commitment to excellence at your local liquor store. I chose to add a few dashes of some 5-spice bitters, but feel free to experiment there.

Marla's Maple

Marla's Maple

1 oz Wild Turkey 101

1/2 oz pear brandy

1/2 sweet vermouth

3/4 oz meyer lemon juice

3/4 oz maple syrup

3 dashes 5-spice bitters

Combine all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then double strain into a Nick & Nora coupe. No garnish.


And for the children, a simple yet oh-so-delicious treat. So simple, in fact, that you might ask how it qualifies as a listing here. Well, did you try it? Ever even think of doing it? ...Though so. Maple milk, like it's big brother honey milk, has been delighting children across our nations' maple syrup belt for hundreds of years. Warm some up on those cold spring nights and put the kids to bed with a smile.

Maple Milk (serves 2)

16 ounces whole milk

1 tiny pinch of salt

1 1/2 oz maple syrup

Warm milk slowly in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent film buildup. Add maple syrup and salt, serve in cute kids mugs.

Maple Milk

See, it's a thing!