As the seasons change, I often retire certain foods while introducing others to better complement the changing weather. Hot summer days call for cold beers and barbeque, while cooler weather means hot soups and cozy cocktails to be enjoyed by the fire.
A favorite fall cocktail is the Maple Leaf, a drink that combines bourbon, maple syrup and fresh lemon juice. The sweet maple syrup is tempered by the tart lemon juice, with each flavor melding nicely with the bourbon, yielding a tasty drink with enough kick to warm you up on a cold day.
Maple Leaf Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce real maple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.