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The Nor’wester Cocktail

I love a good bourbon drink.  I came across a drink recipe on one of those social media photo/recipe sites (!!). It combined bourbon, maple syrup, lime juice and ginger beer.  Check, check, and check.  I had all the ingredients but the limes.  I’m always out of the limes.

But I had a grapefruit!  I love winter grapefruits.  It reminds me of my childhood when we would pack up in the orange VW Bus (the orange crate) and head across the state of Oregon to grandmother’s house we go.  My grandparent’s home was just warm and cozy and decorated for the holidays.  And then the doorbell would ring and neighbors would drop by homemade Christmas cookies.  I couldn’t wait for the neighbor to drop off her famous cream puffs!  And in the morning I would wake up to a breakfast that always included grapefruit already cut up, sprinkled with sugar and what I thought was a fancy spoon just for my grapefruit.  To this day, grapefruits take me back to my special times with my grandma and grandpa.


Gather a shaker, grapefruit, pure maple syrup, ginger beer and ice. (make sure to add Bourbon to the list if it’s looking a little low).


I like having a stash of the large ice balls in my freezer.


Then I add pure maple syrup and bourbon into the shaker. Fill with ice and shake.

Strain this over a glass filled with ice or bourbon rocks.

Top with Ginger Beer.  Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and enjoy!

I looked into the history of the name of this cocktail. It is named in reference to the the icy storms and blizzards conditions that plague the North East. The aptly named drink combines the crispy, cooling sip of the citrus with the warming winter flavors of maple and the bourbon.

I thought replacing a grapefruit for the lime was perfect, especially on the days when an ice storm has taken over the Pacific North West.








And  Texas Red Ruby’s are just in season in the winter.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I thought the perfect change up of a name would be the Nor’Wester.  Cheers!  Tip it!

Nor'Wester Cocktail

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Serves: 1


  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Ginger Beer
  • Grape fruit slices



Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Combine bourbon, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and maple syrup. Shake and strain over ice or ice stones.


Top with ginger beer. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

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