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Thirsty Thursday: Old Vermont Cocktail


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

When thinking of the ideal brunch cocktail, we want a boozy drink that also pairs well with our meal. So we might as well go ahead and tip a bit of the maple syrup that went on our pancakes into our cocktail as well!

Even though our brazen use of maple syrup might be considered luxurious, this Old Vermont Cocktail balances the sweet syrup with cocktail bitters, sour citrus, and aromatic gin. Serve this gin-centric cocktail in a martini glass with an orange slice, and serve with warm pancakes.

25 Ways to Use Maple Syrup

Sitting in the back of your fridge is probably a lonely bottle of maple syrup, kept on hand for the few times a year you make pancakes or waffles and otherwise banished until the next brunch that you host.

Well, no more. These recipes will secure maple syrup’s place in your heart and kitchen. You might notice that I’m purposely leaving out most classic renditions, such as Silver Dollar Buttermilk-Pecan Pancakes with Bourbon Molasses Butter and Maple Syrup, because I’m trying to see how creative we can get with this pantry staple.

  1. Happiness is Nadia G.’s Milk Chocolate Chip-Maple Syrup-Glazed Bacon Cookies (pictured above).
  2. Try your hand at homemade jerky with Alaska Salmon Candy. Brown sugar, maple syrup, salt and liquid smoke combine for a sweet, savory and addictive snack.
  3. This Filet Mignon Drizzle with a Maple Balsamic Reduction, Served with Sweet Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Parmesan Potato Croquettes has a few moving pieces, but will definitely impress. Long-aged[AUQ2]  balsamic vinegar is a treat — it’s slightly sweet and syrupy and doesn’t have the intense “pucker factor” normally associated with vinegar. If you can’t find any, reduce balsamic vinegar with a few pinches of brown sugar until slightly syrupy to achieve the same flavor.
  4. Roger Mooking balances the heat from fresh chiles and cayenne with sweet maple syrup in his Spiced Ground Beef and Grilled Japanese Eggplants with Maple Syrup Sauce.
  5. Down-Home Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Syrup Meringue has holiday season written all over it. Achieve the golden-brown peaks on the meringue with a kitchen blowtorch or a carefully monitored oven set to broil.

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Hump Day Snack: Caffeinated Maple Syrup

Caffeinated Maple Syrup

What do you call the feeling when you wake up feeling weary and awful? Waffle? Now you can smother that feeling in some sweet invigorating syrup.

The company Wired Wyatt’s has combined the classic pancake topping with the stimulating caffeinated power of popular energy drinks to bring you a morning routine that won’t make you feel sapped. It’s not technically maple syrup since the ingredients are sugar, water, maple flavor, caffeine and butter flavor, but it’ll get you out the door with your buzz on. It’s available on ThinkGeek for thirteen bucks.

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