Mountain Man

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Cocktail History

The Mountain Man is an autumnal riff on the classic Penicillin that was created by Natasha David of Nitecap in New York City. Although similar to the original template of whiskey, lemon, and ginger, it uniquely uses maple syrup in place of simple and adds a bit of peach liqueur for an extra kick.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Bourbon: This is the base spirit.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Peach Liqueur: This is a stone fruit liqueur that adds peach flavor. We used Mathilde Pêche Liqueur for its richness.

Ginger Syrup: This is a sweetener that gives the cocktail its spicy ginger flavor. We made our syrup using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Maple Syrup: This adds all of the drink’s maple flavor. We used a locally made maple syrup from the grocery store.

Candied Ginger: This is the garnish. It adds fragrant ginger aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Mountain Man begins with aromas of peach and ginger followed by a citrus-forward taste that’s accented by both peach sweetness and ginger burn, all with the distinctive mouthfeel of maple syrup. The backbone of bourbon also supports these flavors with a slight but not overwhelming spice and oakiness. 

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both absolutely loved this drink. Just a few sips landed it near the top of our list of new favorites for autumn. 

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This Penicillin riff hits all of the autumnal boxes with maple syrup, peach, and a slight ginger burn. While ginger is the outlier here, the mixture works so well, making this not only an extremely palatable and cozy drink but also one with enough different flavors to be able to contemplate. Overall, I thought this drink was fantastic, and I’d probably make it in place of a standard whiskey sour any month of the year. A few drops of bitters probably wouldn’t hurt the mixture, just to add some allspice flavor for some additional seasonality.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This is such an interesting fall cocktail! The most prominent flavor to me was peach, which was unexpected. When reading the list of ingredients, I expected it to be whiskey. Add in the peach flavors paired with maple syrup and bourbon, and this becomes a great drink when you want fall flavors that aren’t just pumpkin spice or a simple Old Fashioned.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: The Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Peach Liqueur
 ¼ oz Maple Syrup
 2 Pieces Candied Ginger

Method
1

Add bourbon, lemon juice, peach liqueur, ginger syrup, maple syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with candied ginger.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ oz Peach Liqueur
 ¼ oz Maple Syrup
 2 Pieces Candied Ginger

Directions

Method
1

Add bourbon, lemon juice, peach liqueur, ginger syrup, maple syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh ice.

4

Garnish with candied ginger.

Mountain Man

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More Bourbon Cocktails

If you like this bourbon cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Boo Radley: A bourbon cocktail made with Cynar, cherry liqueur, a lemon peel, and an orange peel

Paper Plane: A bourbon cocktail made with Aperol, Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, lemon juice, and a lemon peel

Falling Leaves: A rye cocktail made with Amaro Montenegro, toasted fig syrup, chocolate bitters, and an orange slice

Brown Derby: A bourbon cocktail made with grapefruit juice, honey, and a grapefruit twist

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