South meets North. Distilled meets Reduced. Legal, Illegal, Legal again. Flavors hidden in plain sight. Cat on a hot tin roof. Sap dripping into a cold tin bucket. Truman Capote meets Jack Kerouac.
At its heart, this drink is a whiskey sour. But the variation of ingredients: bourbon, maple syrup instead of sugar, maple bitters added, makes for a harmonious combination of flavors that will entice you to run away from your everyday chores. Like the underground railway of old, may you be guided to bliss and freedom by steady hands that know the way. Or get On the Road to Breakfast at Tiffany's.
2 oz. Bourbon, such as Woodford Reserve
.75 oz medium amber maple syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
3 dashes maple bitters, Urban Moonshine if you can get it
flamed orange peel garnish
In a shaker 1/2 filled with ice, combine bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice and bitters. Shake well and fine strain into a cocktail coupe or martini glass. Flame the orange peel/orange oil into the glass and drop the peel into the glass.