Maple Leaf, 1940 – Vintage Cocktail Friday Re-Run

Posted on Aug 15 2014 - 2:35am by RetroRuth

Hey gang! Can you believe that Vintage Cocktail Friday is already over a year old?  Where does the time go? This post is from July of 2012!  Anyway, I was checking out the cocktails we have tried in the past (for research purposes, of course) and came across this fun cocktail, which Tom promptly made again last night. So I thought I would share it with you so that you can make it tonight, too!

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.

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.”



“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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  1. Susan Henry August 16, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

    This makes me want a Manhattan. (I had one recently with bourbon and it was delish.) However, given that I seem to have a taste for bourbon, this Maple Leaf sounds pretty good too. And suitable, because I live in Canada. (Ooops, forgot to add that I love that glass it's served in!)

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