Canadian Old Fashioned

While you can’t go wrong with a classic old fashioned, we reckon you should give our Canadian Old Fashioned a try. We certainly aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but sometimes a little change can be for the better. So what makes it Canadian? Why the maple syrup and Canadian Rye Whisky, of course! It’s good, trust us.

We are huge fans of maple syrup over here. It obviously acts as the sweetener in place of the sugar cube, but it also lends a unique flavour to your drink. For bitters we stuck with the traditional Angustura bitters, because that’s all you can get in NL (save for ordering bitters online). And then garnished with orange peel and a cherry. Done and done. Happy Canada Day!!!

Recipe Notes:

  1. I’m gonna say in the recipe that the orange peel and cherry are optional, but I feel the orange peel is definitely not optional. SOME people will drink without it, but the scent of the orange oils as you take a drink really adds to the experience and taste. Cherry is definitely optional though, as I’ve rarely had them added to an old fashioned, but it’s red and it’s Canada day, so we went with it (insert shrugging emoji).
  2. Katherine isn’t a fan of super strong drinks, so she enjoyed a touch more maple syrup. Compared to the amount of sugar in 1 cube of sugar, this is a bump up, so if you are used to drinking old fashioned cocktails, maybe start with 1/2 ounce and taste/adjust before adding the ice.
  3. Speaking of ice, use the largest ice cube you can! Small ice cubes melt quicker and will dilute your drink much faster. As this is a strong drink, I’m more of a sipper, so big ice cubes for me!

Canadian Old Fashioned

What's more Canadian than Maple Syrup and Canadian Rye Whisky?!  Sweet and bold, this old fashioned will have you smacking your lips and asking for another.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Canada
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 ounces Canadian Rye Whisky
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup or more to taste
  • 3-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 strip orange peel optional, but not really
  • 1 cherry optional


  • In a short glass, add the maple syrup and whisky and stir until the maple syrup has dissolved completely.
  • Add a few dashes of angostura bitters and give it a quick stir.
  • Add a large ice cube to the glass and stir for 40 seconds, or until the glass becomes cold to the touch and the drink is sufficiently chilled.
  • Twist the orange peel over the glass to release the oil and drop into the drink.  Serve with a cherry if desired.  Enjoy responsibly!!
Keyword Canada, Canadian, cocktails, drinks, maple syrup, rye, whiskey


The recipe is credited to Nicole and Katherine – The former owner of