Vermont Maple Martini

This cocktail combines three of my favorite things: small batch bourbon, organic Vermont maple syrup, and lemons.  Sip it in a chilled martini glass or on the rocks in a double old-fashioned glass. My recipe makes two cocktails because let’s face it, no one enjoys drinking alone. With two drinks you hand one to a friend and it’s an instant party.

The Rowan’s Creek Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is a new one for me from the Willet Bourbon Whiskey family. It’s a very nice sip with a caramel, honeyed spiciness to it. It’s made and bottled by hand in Bardstown, Kentucky. Wine Enthusiast had this to say: “Amber, with a dark golden cast. Medium-bodied. Reminiscent of pear, lemon, honey, and flowers. Smooth texture. Quite elegant and attractive on the palate. Stunning, velvety mouth feel of delicate fruit and spice elements. Carries forth in a highly fragrant, lingering finish. The Square Deal Farm organic maple syrup comes from northern Vermont.  Square Deal has been farming sustainably since 1997 and are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers. They raise Pinzgauer cattle and pastured pigs, grow potatoes, harvest their own hay, and manage their forestland for timber, wildlife and maple syrup production. I buy their delicious syrup and maple sugar from Farmers To You and pick it up with the rest of my weekly order.

IMG_1005 (1)Vermont Maple Martini

Makes 2 cocktails


  • 4 oz. Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Whiskey  (Angel’s Envy rye, Willett bourbon whiskey, or Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey would work well, too)
  • 1 ½ oz. maple syrup
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 2 oz.)
  • Optional garnish: lemon twist

Directions: If you’re using martini glasses, chill the martini glasses with ice and water while you prepare the cocktail OR do what I used to do and keep the glasses in the freezer ready to go.

Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Give it one shake and let it sit for 2 minutes to settle and soften the flavors … then go ahead and give it a SHAKE, Shake, shake as hard as you can.  You want that nice icy film on top after pouring.

Strain into the chilled martini glasses or a double old-fashioned filled with ice.


The Eastwick Martini

Cherries are in season now!


The first ripe cherry of the season brings soooo much pleasure. Eating cherries right out of a pretty bowl is pure decadence. Remember the cherry eating scene from The Witches of Eastwick movie?

A cherry pitter makes easy work of pitting cherries.

The Eastwick Martini

Makes 1


  • 5 pitted cherries
  • 2oz good vodka (using cherry vodka will make it sweeter)
  • 1oz. soda water
  • ½oz. Luxardo liqueur

Directions: If your martini glasses aren’t already stored in the freezer, add some ice and water to a martini glass to chill it while you make the martini.

Muddle the pitted cherries in a cocktail shaker. Add a cup of crushed ice, the vodka, and the Luxardo. Give it a quick shake and let it sit to mellow for 1-2 minutes. After 2 minutes, shake, shake, shake the cocktail shaker. The shaking releases more of the juices of the cherries and gets your martini perfectly chilled. Dump the ice and water out of the martini glass. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Admire how pretty it is. Add the splash of soda water.

Variation: Add a splash of chocolate liqueur for a Chocolate Eastwick.