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Sugar Maple Research & Extension


Drink Recipes


Cold Refreshments

Maple Milk
Iced Ginger Tea
Maple Coffee Skimmer
Maple Ice Cubes
Indian-Style Lemonade
Strawberry Cooler
Rhubarb Punch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
Directions: Skim, 1%, 2%, and full fat milk are all suitable. Simply pour the maple syrup into the milk and stir. For a gallon of milk, use a quart of maple syrup. The proportion in ounces in 8oz. milk to 1oz. syrup.


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  • 1 piece fresh ginger root; 3-4 inches peeled and grated
  • 5 qt water
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 mint sprigs
Directions: Combine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from heat. When cooled, taste, and more water or syrup if desired. Remove mint and refrigerate. Serve in tall glasses over cracked ice, garnished with additional mint.
Makes 20 cups.
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1¾ cups water
  • 1 can (14½ oz) evaporated skim milk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
Directions: Dissolve all ingredients together. Stir. Serve over coffee ice cubes.
Serves 5.
Coffee Ice Cubes: Stir together 1 tsp instant coffee powder for each 1 cup water. Freeze in ice cube trays.
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Water
  • 7-up
  • Iced tea
Directions: Add maple syrup to water in an ice cube tray and stir. Insert dividers and freeze. Use in any cold beverage, such as iced tea or 7-up.
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ½ Tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne, optional
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped orange and lemon peels
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 cups ginger ale
Directions: Combine water, strawberries, orange and lemon peel and maple syrup in a pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain through a cheese cloth and refrigerate until chilled. When ready to use, pour about 3 cups of ginger ale and slowly add strawberry liquid. Pour into glasses over ice and garnish with a slice of fresh fruit, (strawberry, blueberry, banana, cherry etc.) on a toothpick.
Serves 6-8 people.
  • 6 cups rhubarb
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Ginger ale
Directions: Cook rhubarb in a deep heavy saucepan and add water (almost enough to cover rhubarb). You may need a little more or little less. When rhubarb is tender, strain into another bowl. Pour juice back into saucepan. To each quart add juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon. Add maple syrup and sugar to taste. Heat until warm and sugar is dissolved. Chill. When serving, add equal amount of ginger ale.


Warm Beverages

Hot Maple Cream
Maple Tea
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, grated
Directions: Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stirring occasionally, heat mixture thoroughly without boiling. Garnish with grated nutmeg. Serve warm.
  • ¾ cup black tea
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, whipped
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish
Directions: Pour the tea into a cup. Stir the maple syrup into the tea, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon.


Shakes and Smoothies

Maple Milkshake
Maple Soda Float
Maple-Banana Frosty
Maple Shake
Maple Graham Slam
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
Directions: Place ingredients in blender and blend until well mixed or shake all ingredients thoroughly in a tightly covered container.


  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 or 2 scoops ice cream
  • Soda water
Directions: Pour syrup into tall glass. Add ice cream and stir until semi-blended. Fill glass with soda water and serve at once with straw.
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1½ tsp maple syrup
Directions: Place banana slices in single layer on baking sheet. Cover and freeze until firm. Place milk in a shallow container; cover and freeze 25 minutes or until slushy. Combine frozen banana, milk, yogurt, and syrup in blender; cover and process until smooth. Pour into glass.
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 pt vanilla ice cream
Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 6 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 6 ice cubes
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.



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