Lemon Bars vs. Whiskey Bars

Posted by on Jun 11, 2009 in Vodka, Whiskey | 2 Comments

Lemon and Maple Syrup photo by Gary Allard

 Can Your Guests Guess the Secret Ingredient?
“Tastes like … graham cracker crust,” I said to G when he served up a cold, lemony concoction with a secret ingredient. I sipped again. It was like drinking lemon pie. Or closer — lemon bars. Oh, how I love lemon bars. But as a drink? “What is it? Brown sugar?” I asked, trying not to slurp too fast. The balance of baked goods and lemon tart were easy to get used to.

G poured a darker whiskey-based drink for himself with the secret ingredient — smokier, manlier, and still delicious.

No, not brown sugar. But close.

The InspirationWe owe this one to Jake (@jacobmyoung). And Chris. When we posted our Palm Springs Lemon Drop, Jake made one too. But he substituted the simple syrup with maple syrup and Tweeted that it was an a-ok switch.

Chris (@chrisbrogan), on the other hand, stirred his maple syrup into a 30-year-old bottle of Canadian Club whiskey and called it an Oh Canada!

We have yet to try it … our bar isn’t quite that well stocked.

The Cocktail Recipe
: Lemon Bar2 oz vodka
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice (about one half lemon)
1/2 oz
maple syrup (did you guess right?)

Shake ingredients over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. This is a variation of a Lemon Drop.

The Cocktail Recipe
: Whiskey Bar

2 oz bourbon whiskey (we used Pikesville Rye whiskey; here’s a review from Cocktail Chronicles)
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz mayple syrup

Combine ingredients in a shaker of ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. This is an adaptation of a traditional Whiskey Sour.


Be smart, safe, and healthy. Drink in moderation. Don’t drink and drive. Seriously. How many times do we have to tell you? These tasty summer cocktail recipes will snocker you up good and fast, especially if you have a weakness for pancakes.

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  1. Erin
    June 11, 2009

    Wow, gorgeous picture and I’m loving the secret ingredient! Will have to try this tonight with the maple syrup I brought back from New York over Christmas. Mmm.

  2. Shelly
    June 25, 2009

    We modified the recipes today based on reader feedback. We decreased the amount of syrup. How much syrup is just right? Let us know.


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