World Cocktail Day is on May 13 and what better way to celebrate than by pre-batching cocktails and sharing with friends. Here’s How to Batch the Maple Blossom Cocktail for a Crowd.
The Maple Blossom cocktail combines bourbon and Chairman’s Reserve Gold Rum with citrus and maple syrup in a shaken, sour-style drink served up. It’s an elegant sipper, easy to prepare and makes an ideal cocktail for a crowd.
Created by bartender Zac Lew of Sydney rum bar The Forgotten Cask, the Maple Blossom cocktail is a riff on the Kentucky Blossom originally attributed to Karl Franz Williams of Solomon & Kuff in New York. The original recipe used honey instead of maple syrup, and a different ratio of bourbon and rum.
Below is the recipe for one followed by a batched recipe that serves 8-10 people. To batch the cocktail, simply pour the ingredients, including water for dilution into a glass bottle with a lid and give it a swirl. The pre-batched cocktail can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days but as always, fresh is best.
Maple Blossom Cocktail Recipe
Recipe by Zac Lew, The Forgotten Cask Sydney
- 30 ml bourbon
- 30 ml Chairman’s Reserve Gold Rum
- 30 ml lemon juice
- 15 ml maple syrup
Garnish: lemon twist
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard and and fine strain into a chilled coupette. Garnish with a lemon twist.
How to Batch the Maple Blossom Cocktail
For 8-10 people
- 300 ml Chairman’s Reserve Gold Rum
- 300 ml bourbon
- 300 ml lemon juice
- 150 ml maple syrup
- 700 ml water
Equipment: funnel, 2 L glass bottle with lid
Garnish: lemon twists
Using the funnel, pour the bourbon, rum, lemon juice, maple syrup and water in a clean 2 litre glass bottle with lid. Seal the bottle and give it a gentle swirl to mix all the ingredients. Keep in the fridge for a maximum of 5 days until ready to use. For an individual serve, give the bottle a gentle shake, pour into a chilled coupette and garnish with a lemon twist.
- If you’re planning to pre-batch and serve the cocktail soon, use 300 ml of water and 500g of ice to the mix in a large container. This way the cocktail will cool and dilute quickly.
You can also get the Maple Blossom Cocktail at The Forgotten Cask bar in Sydney’s Waterloo.
In partnership with Big Island Wholesalers, distributors of Chairman’s Reserve Rum.
Photo Credit: Captar, used with permission.