Lumberjack Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Lumberjack cocktail is a classic drink that originated in the logging camps of North America. It was a favorite among the hard-working lumberjacks who needed a strong drink to warm them up after a long day of work. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a robust, hearty drink with a kick.

  • Originated in North America
  • Popular among lumberjacks
  • Ideal for those who enjoy strong, hearty drinks

How Lumberjack Tastes?

The Lumberjack cocktail is a bold, robust drink with a strong whiskey flavor. It has a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup, and a slight tang from the lemon juice. The cocktail is full-bodied, with a warm, lingering finish.

Interesting facts about Lumberjack

  • The Lumberjack cocktail is traditionally served in a rocks glass.
  • It is often garnished with a lemon twist or a slice of bacon.
  • The cocktail is named after the lumberjacks who were known for their strength and endurance.



2 oz of whiskey provides a robust, smokey backbone to this inherently masculine drink. It's the lumber in our Lumberjack! Too little, and you'll be felling trees with a herring; too much, and you'll miss the forest for the trees (and the nuance of the other ingredients).

Mary Mitkina

Maple Syrup

1 oz adds a touch of Canadian wilderness, that sweet sap you'd expect any self-respecting lumberjack to enjoy. It brings balance to the sourness of the lemon and the saltiness of the bacon. Leave it out, and you lose the cocktail's smooth sweetness – it's the 'please' and 'thank you' of the drink.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

1 oz cuts through the thickness with its acidity, brightening the drink like sunlight through the canopy. Without it, the cocktail would be as heavy as a log. With too much, it'll make you pucker more than a chainsaw kickback.

Alex Green


A slice used as garnish adds a salty, smoky punch that'll have you thinking of breakfast by a campfire. It's the finishing touch that turns a cocktail into a story. No bacon, no glory—plain and simple. You could go with a vegetarian alternative like smoky tempeh, but why would you chop down the fun?

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Lumberjack Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the whiskey, maple syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of bacon.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality whiskey for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add more maple syrup.
  • For a smoky flavor, try using smoked bacon as a garnish.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Meats: The smokiness of grilled meats, like a juicy steak or barbecued ribs, complements the hearty whiskey base and the rich bacon garnish.
  • Breakfast Items: Considering the maple and bacon elements, pairing this cocktail with a brunch spread, such as pancakes or French toast, could be delightful.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Try it with roasted sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts to echo the sweet and savory elements of the cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: A strong, black coffee can stand up to the robust flavors of the Lumberjack cocktail.
  • Apple Cider: Non-alcoholic apple cider could be a refreshing and sweet counterbalance to the cocktail's richer notes.

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What you could change in Lumberjack

  • Whiskey: Can be replaced with bourbon or rye.
  • Maple Syrup: Can be replaced with honey or agave syrup.
  • Bacon: Can be omitted for a vegetarian version.

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And of course - twists🍹

Maple Bacon Old Fashioned

  • Substitute the whiskey with bourbon and add a dash of bitters.
  • Use a piece of crispy maple-glazed bacon for garnish.
  • This version will be sweeter and have a bit more complexity due to the bitters, with an additional hint of caramel from the bourbon.

The Woodsman

  • Add a sprig of rosemary and a few drops of liquid smoke to the shaker.
  • Substitute the maple syrup with honey for a different kind of sweetness.
  • This concoction carries the soul of a forest, the rosemary giving it an earthy note and the liquid smoke amplifying the cocktail's wild side.

The Canadian

  • Use Canadian whiskey and a spoonful of pure maple syrup.
  • Rim the glass with maple sugar and a pinch of cinnamon before straining the drink into it.
  • An ode to the great north! Sweeter and with a subtle spice, this twist is smooth like a calm lake at dawn.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lumberjack

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lumberjack

Why is the cocktail named Lumberjack?

The cocktail is named 'Lumberjack' due to its origin from North American logging camps. The drink is a representation of the strength and endurance of the lumberjacks.

Does the Lumberjack cocktail have any variations?

Yes, variations can be made with the types of whiskey used and replacing the sweetener from maple syrup to honey or agave nectar. Moreover, one can opt for flavor-infused bacon or non-alcoholic substitutes as desired.

What is the best time to enjoy the Lumberjack cocktail?

The Lumberjack cocktail is mostly enjoyed during the colder seasons like fall and winter due to its warming qualities. However, there's no hard and fast rule, you can enjoy it year-round!

Is it appropriate to serve this drink at a formal occasion?

Absolutely, the strong flavors and elegant presentation make the Lumberjack a great addition to any occasion, formal or casual.

What kinds of foods pair well with the Lumberjack?

This cocktail, with its robust whiskey notes and sweet accents from the maple syrup, pairs well with smoked meats, cheese and even chocolate desserts.

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