The Knob Creek Ol’ Fashioned Holiday Maple

knob creek ol fashioned holiday maple
We’re coming down to the wire. That’s right, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. You’ve probably made your travel arrangements; prepared yourself for the onslaught of small talk with relatives (either with your own or with your significant other’s family); maybe you’ve even been really ambitious and bought your organic turkey way ahead of time. However, we know there are some of you that are still scrambling to put your stamp on America’s favorite holiday.

As always, we here at The Manual have you covered. It just so happens there is a perfect cocktail that you can throw together at the last minute to bring with you to either a faraway family function, or just a gathering of friends right down the street. The Knob Creek Ol’ Fashioned Holiday Maple.

This recipe is made with the newest release from the much-beloved bourbon company, Knob Creek—Smoked Maple Bourbon. This whiskey is the first ever flavor expression from Knob Creek and it has the classic flavor that you expect from one of America’s favorite bourbon companies. With just a touch of maple and a hint of smoke, the Smoked Maple Bourbon provides for a well-balanced drinking experience.

And, Knob Creek has enlisted celebrity chef Michael Symon (who we’ve previously highlighted) to create a seasonal cocktail with their latest creation. The Knob Creek Ol’ Fashioned Holiday Maple is a simple cocktail that you can throw together at the last minute. All you need to do is grab a bottle of the Smoked Maple Bourbon, a small bottle of bitters, a little brandy, some extra sugar and an orange. You can pick all of those up in one quick supply run.

So, this Thanksgiving, start slinging the cocktails. No one can tell you that you brought nothing to the party, and you just may be able to avoid any unwanted small talk. It’s a win-win!

Knob Creek® Ol’ Fashioned Holiday Maple

Created by Michael Symon


Pinch of Raw Sugar

Orange Peel

3 Dashes Bitters

1 ½ parts Knob Creek® Smoked Maple Bourbon

1 part Calvados Boulard® Apple Brandy


1. Drop a pinch of raw sugar, orange peel, and 3 dashes bitters into a rocks glass and muddle.

2.  Add Knob Creek® Smoked Maple Bourbon and Calvados Boulard® Apple Brandy and stir with ice.

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