The exact origin of the Nor’easter cocktail is somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it is widely believed to have gained popularity in the late 20th century, capturing the essence of winter in a glass. It’s a comforting, seasonal favorite for those who embrace the magic of cold, snowy nights.
No matter it’s history, this twist on a classic whiskey mule is one of our go-to for fall and winter events. One of my favorite things is seeing the skeptical looks when they read “maple syrup” in a cocktail, and then the look of excitement once they take a sip.
Ingredients for The Nor’easter:
- 2oz. Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
- 1/2oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2oz. pure maple syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters (optional)
- 2-3oz. ginger beer – we like Fever Tree
- Lime wheel or wedge (for garnish)
- Ice cubes
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- Start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour in 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon or rye.
- Add 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
- Sweeten the mix with 1/2 ounce of pure maple syrup.
- Add a dash of Angostura bitters
- Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to chill and combine the ingredients.
- Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Top off your Nor’easter with 2-3 ounces of ginger beer.
- Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel
The warmth of the whiskey sets the foundation of the Nor’easter, then the lime juice provides a tart and zesty note, balanced with the wintery sweetness of the maple syrup. If you’d like to add the bitters, it adds a touch more complexity to the cocktail – but can be omitted when using a great ginger beer. The sparkling addition of ginger beer with add the needed kick to warm you up – during the cold nights.
Enjoy your Nor’easter cocktail responsibly and relish the blend of flavors that make it the ideal choice for a chilly winter evening. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply winding down after a long day, the Nor’easter provides the perfect balance of warmth, sweetness, and a hint of winter’s spice to keep you cozy through the season.
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