Who would have thought that the world’s most perfect condiment could prove useful outside the brunch table?
No longer will the maple syrup bottle be banished to the ghetto of mornings and pre-2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. The tall, noble maple tree is about to become your favorite plant (knocking the sweetener and tequila producing Agave Azul from its number one spot).
We’ve got a few ideas on how to make fall the most delicious season with maple syrup.
Use it in festive cocktails
As a child, I always suspected maple syrup was for drinking — in surreptitious swigs from the bottle when no one was looking — but with age I was proved right when I learned how to harness that pure, viscous sweetness at the bar cart
Used like simple syrup, maple balances out the bitters elements of a drink, but unlike the simple variety it offers up a caramel flavor to round out serious cocktails. For best results, blend it with a brown spirit, a whiskey or rye. Try it in a spicy bourbon cocktail, an updated rye standard or this cheeky spin on a popular maple syrup and cayenne detox drink.
The secret ingredient for perfect tomato sauce
This trick is easy, but literally the greatest way to improve your standard tomato sauce. Add a spoonful of maple syrup to the pot the next time you’re making a marinara sauce at home. Really. The tempered sweetness of 100% pure maple syrup balances out the natural acidity of the tomatoes to create a sauce of perfect harmony. My Italian grandmother would have just added a teaspoon of sugar, but this is the new world, and the richness of the syrup gives it a depth that can’t be forgotten.
Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte in the mornings
Because grabbing a grande from Starbucks is so very, very basic.
If you’re going to start off the day with a bit of decadence it shouldn’t involve artificial pumpkin flavoring and barista who can’t spell your name right. Do. It. Your. Self. Make this creamy maple pumpkin mix ahead of time and add it to your latte on cozy fall mornings.
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