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Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour

You guys… It’s so cold in here, I could cut glass.

I’m not even kidding.

Christmas Cocktails: Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour with Sage Simple Syrup - She Eats
It seems Winter hath arriveth, with great force and vengeance.

And in Vancouver, that means sopping wet, windy and dark.

The moisture just gets into the bone. And not in the sexy way.

Christmas Cocktails: Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour Ingredients with Sage Simple Syrup - She Eats
I’ve taken to seeking refuge indoors, locked far away from the windows that make up one full wall of my apartment, with the heat cranked, and donning hand-knitted socks from this gem & sweaters that are so old and pilled and stretched out, they have no business being seen anywhere but the dark-by-4pm corners of my laundry room. With the door firmly closed.

TMI: Sometimes I feel the same way about my vagina.

Uhhh…. Awkward…?

Christmas Cocktails: Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour Ingredients with Sage Simple Syrup - She Eats
Basically I’m just trying to keep cozy and not freeze my nipples off. Or have them poke an eye out. Because let’s be honest – when it’s this chilly and you have girls as – ahem, ample – as mine,  it’s a real risk.

Much like having trouble finding dresses that fit in the waist, the bust AND the ass. Or accidentally recreating a scene from Baywatch while on vacation. Or letting one slip out in an unfortunate wardrobe-malfunction to get free french fries at the drive-thru, at 3am, after consuming oceans of whiskey.

Totally hypothetical, by the way.

Christmas Cocktails: Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour Cocktail with Sage Simple Syrup - She Eats
I’ve also stored away the Summer Mint Cucumber & Smoky Jalapeneo Margaritas , Gin Old Fashioneds and Sparkling Rhubarb Shrubs in favour of more cozy drinks like the Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash, Fire Cider Hot Toddy and Nog-Casian.

Oh yeah! And today’s recipe: A maple whiskey sour with sage simple syrup.

Cozy? Hell yeah. Boozy? You betcha. Likely to land you in one of the afore mentioned precarious situations? It’s entirely possible.

Christmas Cocktails: Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour Cocktail with Sage Simple Syrup - She Eats
Cozy is clearly the over-arching theme of this post. That, and inappropriate jokes about my breasts. And it was inspired by a group of bloggers I consider dear friends. The Connecting Over Cocktails club (#FBCConnectingOverCocktails). These peeps got mad skillz and I’m so grateful they’re part of our community. I really do have the best friends in the world – they’re supportive, talented, inspiring, challenge me to do and be better both on the blog and in life, and best of all, like to socialize over 1 (or 8) drinks. And I’m thrilled to share their “cozy” concoctions with you here today as well. Feel free to rub up against them – I do. They like it. 

Christmas Cocktails: Cozy Maple Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe with Sage Simple Syrup - She Eats
Other “Cozy” Connecting Over Cocktails Recipes #FBCConnectingOverCocktails
(if links aren’t yet active, please revisit them later today – we’re all in different time zones so there may be a slight delay…)

Caramel Apple Sangria | Dana @ Killing Thyme

Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine | Justine @ Justine Celina

Foamy Blanket: Rum Nog Sour | Jared @ The Hesitant Chef

Night Heron | Sean @ Diversivore

Winter Spice Maple Infused Hot Toddy | Jen @ Mud On Her Boots

Sinful Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate | Cassie @ Crumb Kitchen

Champagne Pomegranate Spritzers | Taylor @ The Girl On Bloor

And if you want to cozy up to my ass (literally or figuratively), find me on Instagram or Pinterest or Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to have a drink with ya! And so would my ass. Though steer clear of my tatas – you’ve been justly warned.

Maple Whiskey Sour with Sage Simple Syrup




Yield 1 serving


For the Sage Simple Syrup:

  • 1 C water
  • 3/4 C pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 C fresh sage leaves

For the Cocktail:

  • Juice of 1 lemon (approx. 2 shots worth)
  • 1 shot simple syrup
  • 2 shots bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice
  • Garnish to serve: Lemon twist + bourbon soaked cherry (optional)


Make the Sage Simple Syrup:

  1. Place all ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat on the stove. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain into a clean non-reactive container (i.e. a mason jar) and keep for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Make the Cocktail:

  1. Place all ingredients except the garnish into a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Cover tightly. Shake for 30 seconds as fast and as hard as you can. Be careful if using a mason jar that you don't break the glass with the ice.
  2. Strain into rocks or coupe glasses and garnish with a strip of lemon zest and if using, a bourbon cherry.


When slicing the zest off your lemon, make sure you remove any white pith on the under-belly of the zest - it's very bitter and you don't want to drink that.


  • Teresa
    November 25, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    I love sours and this one seems particularly appropriate for the cold, wet weather we’ve been having. I’m reluctant to brave the outdoors lately. I’d much rather stay in with one of these.
    Teresa recently published…Holiday Cookbook Reviews – Dorie’s CookiesMy Profile

  • Pallavi Gupta
    November 25, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am an occasional drinker but I think I will try this for sure. Very interesting flavor combination. Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

  • The Finer Cookie/Kim
    November 25, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Kristy, beautiful recipe and gorgeous post. Your my favorite bourbonator. Keep up the good work.

  • Annika
    November 25, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Wow! I can’t even follow a recipe properly and you are inventing cocktails! This one looks awesome! And yes, I know all about the moisture getting to the bone… you’ll know even better when you get to middle-aged like me! Lol!

  • Jen
    November 26, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    I literally spit my coffee out while reading this. The cocktail looks lovely. You, my friend, are totally hilarious.

  • Justine |
    November 26, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    This is such a stunning cocktail, Kristy! I love the sound of the sage maple syrup — it’s a unique combination that I can only imagine is extremely delicious. It was a pleasure collaborating with you and I’m off to pre-order your book this weekend. Cheers, lady!

    • Kristy Gardner
      November 29, 2016 at 1:34 PM

      It was extremely delicious Justine! A little bitter but I like bitter flavours – especially in cocktails. I’m really not a sweet kinda gal… Except my personalty of course πŸ˜‰ I’m so so happy to collaborate with you (and not just because you bought my book – thank you from the bottom of my glass for that by the way)…. You’re amazing and inspiring to me.
      Kristy Gardner recently published…White Pizza: Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms + Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic Cream SauceMy Profile

  • Sean
    November 26, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Alright. So I grew up in Edmonton. Winter was cold and snowy, and I was not particularly down with that. Now I’m in Vancouver and the temperature is a lot more to my liking. I don’t even mind the rain. But the DARK. WHAT. THE. HELL. Nobody told me to expect this. It’s like the cloud cover is so low, so grey, and so thick that the sun just rolls on over, hops back into bed and says “SCREW IT.” You know when you find that one corner of a room, behind some furniture or a curtain, or in a room you never use (hah, as if I could afford to have an unused room), and it’s dark and dusty and vacant and there may-or-may-not be a spider chilling out, hairy little legs neatly tucked in? That’s Vancouver in November. And we’re all the spiders. Hairy legs and all.

    It’s a kickass cocktail Kristy (jeez, that could be the title of your next book). Love the sage, love the photos, love the maple. Proud to call you a collaborator and a friend. Cheers.
    Sean recently published…Night HeronMy Profile

    • Kristy Gardner
      November 29, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      Like Jen said above, Sean, I literally just spit out my coffee reading this. Or at least my tea.

      IT IS GOD DAMN DARK ALL THE TIME and we are TOTALLY spiders!!!!! I’m now living in a 480 square foot apartment downtown and there are not many places for 8 legged spiders to hide – especially since my hairy-ass legs are taking up all the room. Because let’s be frank: Until the clouds clear up and the sun comes back, I’m hibernating in the dark corners of my teeny-tiny apartment. With lots of these cocktails. And an entire bathtub FULL of your Night Heron (Espresso & Cocoa Cocktail with Hazelnut Milk – hellooooo!!! Come to mama!) …. I’m so honoured to be your friend, collaborator and fellow person who can’t afford any unused room πŸ˜‰
      Kristy Gardner recently published…Winter WonderJam Whiskey Smash + Salt Spring Kitchen Co GiveawayMy Profile

  • Diana L
    November 26, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Just in time for the holiday season. I’m sure the girls will love one of these when them come over.
    And I finally have an excuse to crack open my bourbon cherries. Cheers!
    Diana L recently published…Potato Bacon Casserole RecipeMy Profile

  • Becky
    November 28, 2016 at 5:14 AM

    I’m gonna need you to come fix that for me please. My version of cocktails is to just pour bourbon in a glass. Not as fancy, but definitely still good.
    Becky recently published…Friendfest.My Profile

  • Cassie | Crumb Kitchen
    November 30, 2016 at 2:27 AM

    Okay, I’ve only been to Vancouver once and it was thankfully in the summer, but for realβ€”is it that cold because of moisture?! This is such a foreign (and fascinating) concept to me. But luckily you have that AMAZING looking cocktail to keep you company! πŸ˜‰ Your photos are absolutely stunning; I feel like we’re bundled up in some cozy, dimly-lit bar or something. So fab. Great collaborating with you, Kristy!

  • Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life
    December 2, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    I don’t drink often, but when I do, whiskey sours are my go to! So this recipe is definitely going to have to be tried by me πŸ™‚ I hope you stay warm!

    • Alice
      December 21, 2016 at 1:18 AM

      It’s the same for me. I will try this recipe on Saturday. I hope it will be as delicious as it looks πŸ™‚

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

      Thanks Lu Ann! I love a good whiskey sour. I hope you’re keeping warm and dry too!
      Kristy Gardner recently published…Cooking With Cocktails Blog TourMy Profile

  • Markus Mueller
    December 2, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    I’m no good at mixing drinks, which is why i usually stick to cooking the food and leave the liquor aspect of the meal up to my brother in law during family gatherings.. This collection of recipes has me wanting to try them all though!

  • Evelyne CulturEatz
    December 4, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Cold bone humidity…a bad thing. This cocktail sounds fab, will be a runner in my pick of the one I make on dec 24th. OK is this a regular thing this #FBCConnectingOverCocktails, and deets somewhere πŸ˜€ ? And to finish off with a cruder TMI comment: you made me want to curl up in your vag for a moment…ok tmi again πŸ˜‰ I am cold right no OK!!!

  • Kristen @ The Endless Meal
    February 17, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Maple sage simple syrup = brilliant! I’m so making this tonight for my welcome to the weekend bourbon sour. πŸ™‚
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