Winter isn’t going away any time soon, so why not embrace it?

Chef Attilio Guarino of Ava’s Kitchen & Bar in Kenilworth, NJ suggests warming up on a chilly evening with his cold weather-ready Maple Old Fashioned.

Make sure you use real maple syrup — not maple-flavored pancake syrup — for this take on the classic old fashioned cocktail.

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Maple Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

2 oz. rye whiskey, such as Dad’s Hat

¼ oz. maple syrup

3-5 dashes Angostura bitters

Slice of orange peel

Combine whiskey, maple syrup and bitters in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain and serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel.

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