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Smooth whiskey pairs up with sweet apple cider and maple syrup, zingy fresh lemon juice, and frothy egg white to make this Canadian take on the classic whiskey sour recipe. With just 5 ingredients, along with ice and apple slices for an attractive garnish, you can rustle up this tasty maple apple whisky sour recipe. It contrasts sweet with sour, and if you like both apple cider and whiskey, you’re going to be in your element when you sip on this.

A maple apple whiskey sour with an apple garnish.

Whiskey sours have been around for many years and there are several tasty variations on the classic recipe. This one is especially worth making though because the sweet apple flavour goes perfectly with the characteristic whiskey sour taste.

If you love this drink, you might also like to try a rainbow sherbet mimosa or even homemade rum and red wine sangria. And these apple butter thumbprint cookies are wonderful for apple fans!

A fall cocktail with whiskey and cider.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy to make: While some cocktail recipes call for a lot of prep work, this one is comparatively simple, and is largely a question of shaking and pouring, so you can make a maple syrup whiskey sour very quickly.
Delicious flavours: The contrast of sweet and sour works very well in a good whiskey sour. The sweetness from the maple syrup and apple cider, and the sour tang from the freshly squeezed lemon juice, along with the smoothness of the whiskey all go great together.
A versatile choice: Because you can whip up this maple whiskey sour recipe quickly, that makes it a nice choice for many occasions, whether you have some friends over, you’re having a birthday party or similar gathering, or you simply want to try something new.

An apple garnish on a glass rim.

Apple Maple Whiskey Sour Ingredients

Bourbon whiskey, unfiltered apple cider, maple syrup, and fresh squeezed lemon juice are the main components in this maple apple whiskey sour.

Ingredients to make a maple apple whiskey sour cocktail recipe.

And then you will need a little egg white, ice and some apple slices to garnish the drinks.

Pouring a whisky sour into a glass.

How to Make Maple Whiskey Sour with Apple Cider

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Shake the cocktail ingredients: Shake the whiskey, apple cider, fresh squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker until frothy.
Shake it again: Now add ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake again until the cocktail shaker feels cold.
Serve: Pour the whiskey sour into a cocktail glass and decorate with citrus juice dipped fresh apple slices.

Shaking the maple whisky sour.

Substitutions and Variations

Any type of bourbon whiskey is good in most whiskey cocktails, or you could even try a Canadian, Irish or Scottish variety if you prefer the flavour.

A Thanksgiving cocktail with apple and maple flavours.

Fresh lemon juice is good but you can use bottled. Simple syrup can take the place of maple syrup in this perfect fall cocktail if you don’t mind missing out on the maple flavor.

A Canadian whiskey sour with maple.

As for the apple cider, you might be wondering whether apple juice can be used instead, but they aren’t interchangeable, at least not in this recipe. Apple cider is unfiltered so it’s cloudy and is 100% pressed apples.

Shaking the whiskey sour to froth.

Apple juice is filtered and is often made from apple concentrate and water, along with preservatives and sometimes added sugar. Not only will this yield a different tasting and sweeter drink, but it will also not have the same appealing rich amber colour. For a boozier finish, you could always consider hard apple cider!

The foam on a whisky sour.

What to Serve with an Apple Maple Whisky Sour Cocktail

Enjoy this as an aperitif before dinner or for any other occasion. You can have it by itself or with some of your favourite appetizers on the side, perhaps something simple like homemade jalapeno popcorn.

A whiskey cocktail with apple and maple for fall.

How to Store It

Store: Whiskey sours are best served fresh, so only make as much as you are going to serve. Also, if you prepare the apple garnish ahead, it will turn brown eventually, even if dipped in lemon juice first.

A glass with a fall cocktail.

Apple Maple Whiskey Sours FAQs

Do you have to use raw egg white?

Whether you have concerns about consuming raw eggs or you are just curious about this ingredient, you can make this cocktail egg-free if you prefer. For safety reasons, if you are using egg white, make sure you choose pasteurized eggs.

A good egg white alternative is half an ounce of aquafaba, the liquid from a can of garbanzo beans or chickpeas. This might sound weird if you haven’t heard of it before but it works great.

You will still get the same amount of foam and you won’t taste beans in the finished drink. This is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly variation.

Why do you shake the maple syrup whiskey sour twice?

The first shake is to get a lot of foam in there, which wouldn’t happen if you included ice. The second shake includes the ice and is to chill the drink.

Can you incorporate cinnamon since it goes so well with apples?

Another variation is a cinnamon maple whiskey cocktail because cinnamon is beautiful with the flavour of apple. You can roll the glass rim in cinnamon sugar or decorate the finished cocktail with a cinnamon stick as well as the fresh apple slices if you like the sound of this variation.

A fall whiskey recipe served in a glass.

Maple Apple Whiskey Sour Recipe

5 from 33 votes

Maple Apple Whiskey Sour

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Whiskey pairs up with sweet apple cider and maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and frothy egg white to make an apple maple whiskey sour recipe.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 5½ -OUNCE SERVING


  • 2 Ounces whiskey, I used Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
  • Ounces apple cider, unfiltered, I used Riveridge Honeycrisp Blend Apple Cider
  • 1 Ounce lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • ½ Ounce maple syrup, pure
  • ½ Ounce egg white, pasteurized, I used Bob Evans 100% Liquid Egg Whites*
  • ice
  • apple slices, for garnish**


  • Add bourbon whiskey, unfiltered apple cider, lemon juice, maple syrup, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Secure lid and shake contents for about 30 seconds, or until frothy.
  • Add ice to the filled cocktail shaker. Replace lid and shake for 20 seconds, or until the shaker feels cold. Pour into a 5½ to 6-ounce cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with apple slices, if desired.


*For food safety, this recipe calls for pasteurized egg whites. Pasteurized egg whites can be found, packaged in cartons, near the egg products at your local grocer.
**To prevent browning of the apple garnish, dip apple garnish in lemon juice and pat dry prior to use.


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Maple apple whiskey sour is a quick and easy cocktail with maple syrup, lemon juice, egg white, whiskey, and apple cider. It offers a delicious contrast of sweet and sour, and the apple cider flavour is beautiful with the smooth whiskey and tang of lemon juice.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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