This cheeky little bourbon cocktail is an easy to create American spring-inspired gem, taken from Chyka Keebaugh’s new book Chyka Celebrate.

Maple Bourbon Cocktail

1 untreated orange
60ml bourbon
30ml freshly squeezed orange juice
15ml pure maple syrup
1–2 dashes angostura bitters
ice cubes, for shaking and serving
mint sprig, to garnish

Serves 1

Using a small knife, cut a thin, long strip of orange peel and twist it. Add the ingredients, except the garnishes, to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with the orange twist and mint sprig.

Maple Bourbon Cocktail in the spring garden

The above content is an edited extract from Chyka Celebrate by Chyka Keebaugh, published by Hardie Grant Books. RRP $40.00, available where all good books are sold. Photographer: © Commission Studio

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