John Rothstein, beverage manager and mixologist at Buddakan in New York City, knows that maple syrup adds complexity to cocktails. 

We’re toasting the new year with his twist on the traditional lemon drop  (vodka, lemon juice, sugar). 

Rothstein blends light maple syrup and lemon juice with tequila, Sauvignon blanc and St-Germain, an artisanal liqueur made from freshly picked elderflower blossoms. To add some heat, he infuses the liqueur with jalapeño before mixing the drink. 

Check out Laura’s review of organic vodkas before you go shopping.

Sweet & Spicy Maple Lemon Drop

1¾ ounces tequila
1½ ounces Sauvignon blanc
3/4 ounce jalapeño-infused elderflower liqueur (i.e., St-Germain)
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce 100% pure light maple syrup

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon spiral.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers