Maple Leaf, 1940 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Jul 12 2013 - 6:37am by RetroRuth

Hooray for Vintage Cocktail Friday! It means that another week is (thankfully) almost over and it is time for the glorious weekend. It also means that Tom finally had an excuse to mix and drink some cocktails.


This week we have the Maple Leaf, which is out of The Host’s Handbook from 1940.

3.5 from 2 reviews
Maple Leaf
  • 1 jigger Bourbon Whiskey
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  1. Shake well and serve.



According to The Host’s Handbook, this is a popular drink in New Orleans. I have no idea if that is true or not, but it is interesting.



“I hope this is good. I deserve a good one this week.”

Tom TastesIMG_2447


“Does it make you feel like you are in New Orleans?”

“Not really. But it is still good.”

The Verdict: Good!

From the Tasting Notes:

Surprisingly good. The maple syrup really balances well with the bourbon. When you take a sip, the sweetness of the maple syrup is out in front, followed by the lemon and then the bourbon. Not much (if any) maple flavor, but you can tell that it is there!

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13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Crystal Brandon July 12, 2013 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Love this throwback drink!

    • RetroRuth July 12, 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

      I think this might be one of Tom’s new favorites!

  2. Cristina July 12, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    This sounds delicious might have to try this out!

  3. veg-o-matic July 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Does Tom get to choose his cocktail, or are you in charge of that?

    • RetroRuth July 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      We pick together, as usual! We pick a bunch from cookbooks and pamphlets, put them in a database and then it chooses randomly for us every week.

  4. David July 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    This one is simple but sounds really good. I use maple syrup in a lot of recipes, from baked beans to cornbread.

  5. Bud July 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    This is great. A bourbon sour with the smoky hint of maple syrup instead of grainy sugar. Will mix again.

  6. David July 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    P.S. Where does Tom get all of those amazing T-shirts!

    • RetroRuth July 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      David! He gets them from all over. He is sort of a t-shirt junkie. He gets them from Kohl’s, Walmart, Target, Hot Topic, and various other online shops. I also usually make him some custom shirts every year through Zazzle for his birthday and christmas and such. 🙂

  7. David July 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    P.P.S. That retro glass is freaking awesome.

    • RetroRuth July 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks, they are from our favorite set!

  8. Cindi July 13, 2013 at 7:26 am - Reply

    My uncle, from Wisconsin, use to make these and called them “stump busters”


    • RetroRuth July 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Really? What part of WI was he from?

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