Autumn's Dawn

2 oz Applejack, Lairds
12 oz Ginger liqueur, Domaine de Canton
12 oz Lemon juice
12 oz Grade B maple syrup
1   Orange peel (Flamed)
Shaken, served up with a flamed orange peel as garnish.

When the sun sets earlier and we return to a dark time of the year,
Autumn in New England is a bittersweet transition period. We have hay
rides, cider, pumpkin pies and all other delights. With an applejack
base, the sweet and spicy background of Domaine de Canton and Maple
Syrup, and a flamed orange peel brings out the bonfires and waning
backyard barbeques as we settle in for Winter's chill.

From other users
  • Sub Clear Creek for Lairds. Light and refreshing yet still full of fall. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Cut back on maple syrup a bit. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Pretty good, kinda sweet. 2nd time around I halved the maple and added a bit more applejack. Better. — ☆☆☆☆
  • Orange oil on the nose hiding an explosion of flavor. Great balance between the apple, ginger, and lemon. A classic combo well-expressed. — ☆☆☆☆☆
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I think steph is spot on

I think steph is spot on here. Nice flavors and complexity but a lot too sweet for me. I wonder how we could maintain the same amount of maple essence without so much sugar.

Oh, and I also used Clear Creek's Eau de Vie de Pomme - wonderful.

If you want more maple flavor

If you want more maple flavor without quite so much sweetness, try using a touch of something such as Frontier's Maple flavoring. You'll need to experiment to find out how much to use, but I think it would probably accomplish what you want. Even better, if you could get your hands on some Green Mountain Organic Maple Liqueur, I bet using 1/2 oz. of that in place of the maple syrup might do the trick.

A very nice fall drink! Also

A very nice fall drink! Also tried it with 1/4 maple syrup and 1/4 cinnamon syrup, and a couple dashes of whiskey barrel aged bitters-that seemed to moderate the sweetness a little, but kept things smooth.