Whiskey Maple Syrup






You know by now how much I love booze. Cooking with it, I mean. And also, y’know, drinking it. Because who am I kidding. But seriously. COOKING WITH BOOZE. I would do it every single day. If I didn’t drink all the booze before I made it to the cooking part. (KIDDING. ….Mostly).



And speaking of booze, let’s talk about breakfast. (Hah. A joke. ….Mostly).


When I was a kid, I can’t remember ever having store-bought syrup at home. My mom would always make it from scratch, and we’d keep it in a tupperware salad dressing container dealio in the fridge. Because it was always fresh and devoid of nasty preservatives/high fructose corn syrup/chemicals that make your hair fall out (no offense, Aunt Jemima, or whoever makes pancake syrup) it was thinner than the store-bought stuff and generally a bit sweeter. I wouldn’t even eat the store-bought maple syrup most of the time growing up, because I found it so goopy. I remember refusing pancakes at post-sleepover breakfasts when I was little, wondering why they didn’t have “real syrup.” But while I may have gotten a bit less bratty about rejecting the stuff that comes in a plastic bottle, I still prefer homemade syrup hands-down.


Also, I added whiskey.


You’re welcome.


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Whiskey Maple Syrup
YIELD: about 1 and ½ cups
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 and ⅓ cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. whiskey (I used Bushmills Irish Whiskey)
  • 1 tsp. maple extract (or imitation maple flavoring)
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients together and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk occasionally and simmer for 20-25 minutes until syrup has thickened.
  2. Pour over pancakes or waffles and serve immediately. You can store extra syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for several months – just reheat it whenever you need it!



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  • Christina Roth March 7, 2014, 10:19 AM

    So my question is…how in the world do you get your pancakes to turn out like that? I’ve attempted to make pancakes in the past, and while edible, they are not fluffy, thick, golden, or perfect. Please bestow this wisdom upon me!

    • Jessie April 1, 2014, 9:19 PM

      I cheat and use Bisquick! At least, for these pictures I did. When I make them from scratch, I still try to make the batter a bit thicker than it should be, so that the pancakes are a bit thicker and heartier. But yeah, mostly the cheating and using Bisquick :)

  • Dj February 28, 2013, 11:29 PM

    Favorite breakfast food…Avacados, sliced grape tomatoes, & goat cheese on toast home made bread.

  • Lauren February 28, 2013, 2:22 PM

    Any thoughts on doing this with liquid gold (aka pure Vermont maple syrup)? I’d love to try it but I don’t want to waste a bunch of expensive (and delicious) syrup if the whiskey wouldn’t blend or worse, actually mess up the amazing taste!

    • Jessie February 28, 2013, 4:39 PM

      Go for it! The maple syrup will thin a bit when you heat it, which will make it easy to whisk in the whiskey. They should blend fine, but if you don’t think they’ve come together well enough you can always hit it with an immersion blender to bring it together a little more. If you’re hesitant about trying it, you can always try the recipe with just a little bit of syrup and a dash of whiskey as a test run before you commit to a big batch.

  • Maryanne February 27, 2013, 3:25 PM

    You had me at whiskey. Looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Purabi Naha February 27, 2013, 1:04 PM

    I would love this on my breakfast table every day! Your recipe is great and loved your photography!!

  • Jacqueline balcerak February 26, 2013, 4:43 PM

    I make an ass kicking English muffin, egg, casserole cheesy goodness thing. Every Easter! Because breakfast needs to kick ass on Easter!

  • Jan February 26, 2013, 2:53 PM

    I love strawberry crepes.

  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley February 26, 2013, 2:20 PM

    My favorite breakfast dish is a steak omelette with american cheese, green pepper, and onion!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 26, 2013, 1:48 PM

    Whiskey in syrup? Love it! My favorite breakfast is french toast :)

  • Margaret February 26, 2013, 11:34 AM

    As a Tennessean living in NYC, I really miss a nice buttermilk biscuit! But I approve of your use of whiskey to liven up breakfast.

  • Justine@cookingandbeer February 26, 2013, 11:30 AM

    This sounds amazing. Definitely a must try!

  • zosia February 26, 2013, 10:58 AM

    Heyo! My favourite breakfast dish is…pudding. Chocolate pudding. That’s weird. Oh well! :)

  • Shannon C February 26, 2013, 8:14 AM

    Oatmeal with peanut butter. The classic.

  • Brandi February 26, 2013, 7:59 AM

    Down in Alabama of course a favorite is moms cathead biscuits homemade blackberry jam and bacon. Not healthy but a great treat. Beats Cracker Barrel anyday.

  • pietra February 26, 2013, 6:11 AM

    Pinto beans, eggs, salsa, tortillas!!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks February 26, 2013, 2:54 AM

    The syrup…I can think of nothing better to start the day with :) Saw this on FG. So pretty!

    Fave breakfast dish is…a big fat cinnamon roll!

  • mustlikewombats February 25, 2013, 6:26 PM

    Breakfast burritos are my fav: a toasted tortilla with a sunny side up egg, extra-old cheese, fried mushrooms and spinach, salsa, and of course bacon.

  • Alexandra February 25, 2013, 6:09 PM

    I miss maple syrup :(

  • suzanne collier February 25, 2013, 4:52 PM

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  • suzanne collier February 25, 2013, 4:50 PM

    In the summer scrambled eggs with sausage, onions, peppers and potatoes. In the winter pancakes or waffles. Will definitely have to make whiskey maple syrup.or as my husband says “maple surple”.

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  • Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen February 25, 2013, 4:01 PM

    I love breakfast sandwiches. Eggs, cheese and bacon…simple and delicious. If I’m feeling like something sweet, it’s definitely french toast! This whiskey syrup sounds awesome. PS I can’t eat Aunt Jemima’s either.

  • Madeleine February 25, 2013, 3:49 PM

    my favorite breakfast dish is an omelette with gruyere and spinach – but if i want something sweet, i always go for pancakes! thanks for sharing this recipe, i will try it asap.