Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup

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A distinctive and flavorful maple syrup made with an apple cider reduction for lazy weekend breakfasts and holiday or special occasion brunches. Recipe includes variations for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup and Spiced Orange Bourbon-Maple Syrup. It’s the perfect syrup for French toast, pancakes, waffles and more. Irresistible! | breakfast brunch recipeA distinctive and flavorful maple syrup made with an apple cider reduction, our Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup is ideal for lazy weekend breakfasts and holiday or special occasion brunches. Recipe includes variations for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple SyrupSpiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup and Spiced Orange Bourbon-Maple Syrup. It’s the perfect syrup for French toast, pancakes, waffles and more. Irresistible!

A Special Syrup to Celebrate Maple Syrup Harvest:
Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup

Get your drizzle on…because maple season is here!

As we say good-bye to March and welcome spring with open arms, I would like to share a favorite recipe featuring pure maple syrup with y’all.

While the food blogosphere is featuring everything pastel, spring and Easter, here at Wicked Good Kitchen I am shaking things up a bit and sharing a special recipe for syrup, Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, to celebrate the Maple Syrup Harvest season. After all, March is maple sugar season or, for short, “sugar season”.

According to LocalHarvest.org, Native Americans called March “maple sugar month”. In fact, maple syrup harvesting still takes place every year at the first sign of spring thaw—usually sometime in late February—and is celebrated through the end of April with Maple Syrup Fests also known as community pancake breakfasts or tastings. In fact, the biggest event in Vermont—the state that produces the most maple syrup—is the Vermont Maple Festival and, this year, the 49th annual event will take place April 24-26.

During the sugaring season, family farms large and small across New England and into Canada collect sap from sugar maple, black maple and red maple trees in old-fashioned buckets. The sap is brought into sugarhouses, also known as “sugar shacks”, where it is boiled down to make pure maple syrup. It is then carefully graded by maple farmers and packaged. In fact, a new grading scale was recently introduced and I think it is more simplified.

The old US maple syrup grades were: Grade A Light Amber (or “Fancy”)”, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and Grade B.

However, as of December 31, 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and, as of March 2, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued revised standards on the classification of maple syrup.

New Grading for Pure Maple Syrup:

  • Grade A
    • Golden Colour and Delicate Taste
    • Amber Colour and Rich Taste
    • Dark Colour and Robust Taste
    • Very Dark Colour and Strong Taste
  • Processing Grade
  • Substandard

Most of the syrup is sold by the farm, at farmers markets or through retailers while some is reserved for the community pancake breakfasts on the farm where pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, homefries and fresh pure maple syrup are served. The community breakfasts are either served daily or on the weekends during “sugaring season”.

Did You Know?

It takes 40 years of growth before a sugar maple can be tapped, and it takes 35 to 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of syrup. Incredible.

A distinctive and flavorful maple syrup made with an apple cider reduction for lazy weekend breakfasts and holiday or special occasion brunches. Recipe includes variations for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup and Spiced Orange Bourbon-Maple Syrup. It’s the perfect syrup for French toast, pancakes, waffles and more. Irresistible! | breakfast brunch recipe

Today I am actually sharing a set of recipes (shot last November) to celebrate Maple Syrup Harvest season due to my love of all things pure maple syrup. And, breakfast. What better way to accomplish this than with a couple extra special pumpkin recipes? Pure maple syrup and pumpkin go together like peanut butter and jelly, no?

Below are links to today’s other featured recipes:

Best Ever Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Bourbon (with dairy free option)
Homemade Pumpkin Butter (quick & easy style with paleo and vegan options)

Breakfast is hands down the favorite meal at our house and I feel as though I should (and have plans to) add more breakfast recipes here at Wicked Good Kitchen. We enjoy pumpkin well into April and I go through buckets of pure maple syrup because I use it often in my paleo baking recipe development. I also enjoy adding pure maple syrup to my paleo porridge, 3-Minute Coconut Almond Porridge, homemade paleo granola, paleo pancakes and waffles, etc., as well as in savory dishes.

This syrup, Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, is quite famous at our house. We even use it mixed with Dijon mustard to glaze our pork chops and holiday baked hams, and it is simply divine when paired with applewood smoked bacon. Well, I figured it was high time that I shared this favorite syrup recipe here on the blog. Interestingly, after conducting searches online and over at Pinterest, I have come to the conclusion that this recipe is the very first entry in the food blogosphere for this concoction. Booyah!

Many of my regular readers know by now about my love of bourbon found in several cocktails here on the blog, that my favorite apple is the Honeycrisp and that I enjoy working with cider. In fact, I often include cider reductions in my recipes to enhance flavors. For instance, our Best Ever Apple Cobbler includes a cider reduction in the filling, as does our recipe for Cranberry & Cider Honeycrisp Apple Crisp. Therefore, this syrup recipe should come as no big surprise.

An Interesting Fact About Pure Maple Syrup

Here is an interesting fact about two sugars. Pure maple syrup is alkaline whereas refined granulated sugar is acidic. Amazing.

This fact is partly why many have embraced pure maple syrup as part of detox protocols and cleanses, such as The Master Cleanse. Not only is pure maple syrup a source of concentrated energy, it contains nutrients, vitamins and minerals to boot. Follow The Master Cleanse link to read more about the detox benefits of pure maple syrup.

Now, aren’t you hankering for some French toast, perhaps our Best Ever Pumpkin Spice French Toast with Bourbon, pancakes or waffles to drizzle this incredible syrup on? Better do a cleanse afterwards, huh?

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

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A distinctive and flavorful maple syrup made with an apple cider reduction for lazy weekend breakfasts and holiday or special occasion brunches. Recipe includes variations for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup and Spiced Orange Bourbon-Maple Syrup. It’s the perfect syrup for French toast, pancakes, waffles and more. Irresistible! | breakfast brunch recipe

A distinctive and flavorful maple syrup made with an apple cider reduction for lazy weekend breakfasts and holiday or special occasion brunches. Recipe includes variations for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup and Spiced Orange Bourbon-Maple Syrup. It’s the perfect syrup for French toast, pancakes, waffles and more. Irresistible! | breakfast brunch recipe

Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes just over 2 cups syrup.

Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup

A distinctive and flavorful maple syrup made with an apple cider reduction, our Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup is ideal for lazy weekend breakfasts and holiday or special occasion brunches. Recipe includes variations for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup, Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup and Spiced Orange Bourbon-Maple Syrup. It’s the perfect syrup for French toast, pancakes, waffles and more. Irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (960 ml) organic fresh pressed apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fine-quality bourbon
  • 1 cup (240 ml) organic pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring apple cider to a full boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer, uncovered and swirling the pan frequently, until the cider reduces to 1 cup, about 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon, maple syrup and salt. Cool until warm and transfer to syrup dispenser or small pitcher. Serve warm or cool completely before serving.

Recipe Notes

Variations:

For Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup: Whisk in ¾ teaspoon fine-quality ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground allspice, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg and pinch of ground cloves.

For Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup: In lieu of 2 tablespoons bourbon, add 1 tablespoon bourbon and 1 tablespoons Grand Marnier® orange cognac or other orange liqueur.

For Spiced Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup: Add spices listed above for Spiced Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup variation and spirits listed for Orange Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup variation.

Tips:

Store syrup in an airtight container in refrigerator.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Stacy, I’m loving these posts and I’m craving fall now! This maple syrup looks like it would be the best topping ever for pancakes and french toast, and bourbon and cider combination sounds amazing! Pinned!
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    • Thank you, Marcie! I appreciate the pin, too. You will love this syrup and I couldn’t resist posting the recipe to celebrate the Maple Syrup Harvest season that runs through April. Enjoy!

  2. I learned so much about maple syrup today Stacy. Thanks! This version looks and sounds over the top delicious!
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  3. Now thats a syrup if ive ever seen one before. mmm bourbon cider maple syrup! Fantastic!
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  4. Oh YUM! What a phenomenal combination of flavors! This sounds so lip smacking good! Perfect with pancakes!
    Btw – thank you for your informative post, Stacy – I had no clue about the time involved or of the amount of sap that yields a container of maple syrup – and I had no clue that maple syrup is alkaline!

  5. This syrup is simply incredible and I love the spiced variations you included. I don’t think I’d be able to choose a favorite!
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  6. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    maple syrup is something we only get online…don’t have them in stores…today we learnt so much about harvesting it,this bourbon flavored maple syrup will make breakfast the most beautiful part of the day…so fragrant and we can imagine how delicious it will taste with buttermilk waffles,a must try,thanks 🙂

  7. Confession time… It wasn’t until my twenties that I started putting maple syrup on my pancakes. In my house growing up we always used Mrs. Buttersworth. I thought it was maple syrup! I’ll never forgive my parents for that… Anyhoo, this looks amazing, Stacy. I don’t use apple cider much, but I sure use bourbon when I can. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    ~Liz (Project Pastry Love)
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    • Thank you, Liz! My pleasure. Well, you weren’t the only one who grew up with Mrs. B on the table. *blush* 😉

  8. I think that most of the time, the best part of having pancakes is the maple syrup. This looks so good!
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  9. What gorgeous syrup! I bet the taste is just incredible and will add an extra kick to any breakfast!

  10. OK this is awesome! I adore maple syrup, apple cider, bourbon, pancakes/waffles/French toast – so this would be something I would love to try! Pinning and trying for sure – thanks for the idea!
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  11. This maple syrup looks out of control! Love that it’s laced with bourbon. I bet that adds so much fantastic flavor!
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  12. How cool! I didn’t know Maple Syrup Fests were celebrated at this time of year! The pumpkin spice french toast and homemade pumpkin butter both sound absolutely heavenly (: And I love the idea of reduced apple cider in maple syrup

  13. This sounds so delicious Stacy! Maple syrup has always been my favorite and your recipe sounds AMAZING!!! 🙂
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  14. This maple syrup looks absolutely incredible, Stacy! I love that you are sharing all these maple recipes because we are heading to the sugar bushes this week too! I can just imagine how amazing this tastes with the fresh pressed cider and bourbon!

    • Thank you, Kelly! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe post. You will love this syrup. Have fun during your visits to the farms during the Maple Syrup Harvest!

  15. Oh my… must try! Although I prefer my French toast without the pumpkin, the only part of that plant I want is its seeds. 🙂

  16. Oh dear Lord..I need to get me some Bourbon so I can try this!
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  17. Wow, bourbon flavored maple syrup, this sounds so delicious. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
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  18. Love maple syrup! I really like the bourbon cider flavour – so rich and delicious!
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  19. Not sure how I missed this post. Hope you are doing well girl.
    That’s a great combo of flavors there. I love love maple syrup and you’ve bourbon in it, oh wow. I am craving a huge stack of pancakes with this maple syrup. You could never go wrong with a good boozy syrup. Yum.
    Great post as always.
    xoxo

  20. Bourbon and maple together are one of my favorite flavor combos! I’ve got to try this soon!
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  21. I think some yummy syrup is the perfect way to welcome in spring 🙂
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  22. Stacy, this maple syrup is EVERYTHING! I LOVE maple syrup and bacon and apple cider. This combination is blow-my-mind awesome!!! Pinned!
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  24. Aha! I knew there had to be reason for all the autumnal sounding recipes. 🙂 I love this post. It’s like a little research paper on maple harvesting! This syrup sounds like an excellent way to celebrate maple season. 🙂
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  26. Just checking in on you, my dear. I hope all is at least okay!
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