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Maple Shine

The Maple Shine — An Easy Maple Syrup Cocktail

When you think of Canada, snowy peaks, ice hockey, and of course, maple syrup comes to mind. Maple syrup isn’t just reserved for pancakes either, as Jarrod aka @diycocktailguy shows us how to include it in our home bar carts in a delicious (but sophisticated) way.  


Packed full of sweetness, citrus and the oak and cinnamon notes of bourbon whiskey, Jarrod’s Maple Shine cocktail makes you feel like you’re hauled up in a log cabin with a roaring fire and snow falling outside. 


Distilled in Indiana and aged for 3 years in oak barrels, “Bowsaw Bourbon Whiskey has some delicious cinnamon notes, so you’ll want to garnish with some cinnamon sticks and dehydrated lemon wheels,” Jarrod suggests.


If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail for your next movie night in or after dinner drink, add the Maple Shine to the top of your list! 

How to make the Maple Shine

Cocktail Ingredients:

(Serves 2)


90mL of Bowsaw Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

60mL of Grand Marnier 

60mL of maple syrup 

60mL of fresh lemon juice

60mL of fresh orange juice



  1. Add ice to your cocktail shaker and pour 90mL of the Bowsaw Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey. “This bourbon won silver at the London Spirits Awards in 2023, so definitely give it a try if you haven’t  already,” Jarrod recommends. 
  2. Next, 60mL of your Grand Marnier French Liquor for some extra orange spice. 
  3. Then it’s time to bring the sweet and citrus flavours with 60mL of maple syrup, 60mL of fresh lemon juice and 60mL or freshly squeezed orange juice.
  4. Give it all a shake and pour evenly into your glasses over a large highball ice cube. 
  5. For the final touches, garnish with cinnamon sticks and dehydrated lemon wheels for a simple, aromatic garnish. 

What should you serve with the Maple Shine?

With its sweet maple and citrus notes, the Maple Shine is the perfect after dinner drink to serve up while you’re chatting around the dining table or lounging on the couch at the end of the night. When you’re next hosting, instead of doing a dessert, shake up a round of Maple Shines and serve with a cheeseboard. A sharp cheddar or a strong blue like Roquefort are two great places to start when complementing the sweet flavour of the maple syrup.

The best of Canada — famous drinks from the Great White North

Ice hockey, poutine, maple syrup and Niagara Falls — Canada isn’t short on famous pastimes, cuisines and landmarks. But as it turns out, it’s got some iconic cocktails and drinks too. Here’s our favourites to give a go. 

Bloody Caesar


You’ve heard of a Bloody Mary, but what is a Bloody Caesar? Well, it’s similar to a Bloody Mary, but with a fishy Canadian twist of clamato juice instead of tomato juice. Clamato juice being the balanced combo of clam and tomato juice, which gives your cocktail a slightly saltier edge. Get your vodka, clamato juice, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce at the ready and garnish with a crunchy celery stick, cocktail onions, olives and a celery salt rim. This is one to try when you’re next in need of a little hair of the dog at a boozy Sunday brunch. 




If a Bloody Caesar brings the saltiness, then the Caribou cocktail brings the sweet. Think of it as a French-Canadian version of mulled wine, with a mix of rye whisky, red wine and maple syrup. Its origins aren’t as sweet as the drink, as it gets its name from the colonial-era hunters and loggers who would mix whisky with caribou blood to survive the cold, harsh winters of the north. Depending on your preference or the season, you can serve it warm or chilled, and we love to garnish with a simple amarena cherry or orange twist. 


Canadian Club 


This Canadian whisky doesn’t need an introduction and its origins go all the way back to Ontario  in 1858. Enjoy it neat, with soda or ginger ale, or even stirred for a classy Manhattan cocktail. A couple of squares of dark chocolate paired with a drop of Canadian Club doesn’t go astray either. 

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