Tomorrow, January 19, is Beaver Day. I know, you are probably thinking to yourself, "Kelsey, what the heck is Beaver Day?" Well, obviously, it is a very important holiday here in Canada, celebrating one of our most beloved creatures. There is a significant amount of legend surrounding the holiday, and I don't think I can do the story justice, so I will just reiterate that it is a really important and fun holiday.
In honour of Beaver Day, I wanted to create a cocktail to represent all that is good and wonderful about this holiday. My inspiration would be the BeaverTail treats served here in Ottawa. BeaverTails are a delicious fried dough pastry, often topped with cinnamon and sugar or Nutella. In other parts of the world, they are known as Elephant Ears. One of the popular, though albeit strange, variations of the BeaverTail has lemon, cinnamon and sugar. So that was where I would start. My love of bourbon is well documented, so of course the drink would be bourbon based. And there would be maple syrup, because what is a drink celebrating a Canadian holiday without maple syrup. I figured that I would call it a Beaver-tail as a play on the word cocktail. Sometimes, when I think I've stumbled upon a brilliant idea for a recipe, I do a quick Google search to see if I'm the only one with this idea. Apparently in this case, I was not the only one to think of combining bourbon, lemon, and maple syrup. There is a well known drink that consists of these elements, and wouldn't you know it, it is called the Maple Leaf!! So Canadian, it was perfect! And the drink itself is perfection.
Happy Beaver Day!
The Maple Leaf Cocktail (aka the Beaver-tail)As seen on the Kitchn, Leite's Culinaria, etc.
2 ounces Bourbon
1 ounce freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
3/4 ounce pure maple syrup
Dash of cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
Combine the bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon (unless you have a cinnamon stick) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. (You can pour the drink over ice if you wish).
Making cocktails for a crowd? Try the Smitten Kitchen's Vermontucky Lemonade and add a bit of cinnamon.