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This smoky whisky cocktail is simple enough to make at home and fancy enough to impress your guests.

Serves 6-8


Smoked Maple Whisky Lemonade

1 hr, 20 Prep Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • Ā¾ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 12 lemons, divided
  • 6 oz whisky
  • 4 cups water


  1. Pour the maple syrup into a 9x13 casserole dish. Add the chipotle powder and whisk to combine. Cut 10 of the lemons in half and place them cut-side down in the casserole dish. Let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a BBQ grill or cast iron griddle over high until smoking. Place the lemons on the grill cut-side-down. Grill until blistered. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Slice the remaining lemons into wheels and dip them in a little maple syrup. Add them to the grill and grill until blistered on both sides. Set them aside as well.
  4. Fill a large pitcher or punch bowl with ice. Add the whisky and place a fine mesh strainer over the mouth of the pitcher or bowl. Using a reamer, squeeze the juice from the lemon halves through the strainer and discard the pulp. Pour in the maple syrup from the casserole dish and stir in the water.
  5. Pour the finished lemonade into glasses filled with 2-3 cubes of ice. Garnish with the lemon wheels you grilled earlier and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

Recipe by: Susan