Make This: CN Tower's Distillery Maple Old Fashioned

This CN Tower twist on a classic is an homage to Toronto's heritage distillery, combining Gooderham & Worts Whisky with maple syrup instead of a sugar cube, to provide a touch of Canadiana.

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 0 minutes

If isolation has taught us anything, it's that we're not about to let a global pandemic deny us our drink. While our favourite bars and restaurants might have closed their doors, recipes for cocktails – like this twist on a classic from the CN Tower – are making lockdown bearable in the short term. 

To celebrate the online launch of their 114 Stories exhibit, the CN Tower has created the Distillery Maple Old Fashioned Cocktail – a Canadian spin on the timeless tipple. The exhibit is in special collaboration with the Toronto Public Library and explores the facts — and fictions — behind 10 of our city’s best-known landmarks. The sophisticated sipper is usually available at CN Tower's VUE Bistros located on the Main Observation level – but today we're bringing it direct to your living room.

"The collaboration between the Toronto Public Library and the CN Tower describes the history of Toronto and some of its most notable landmarks in 114 stories," says Cameron Dryburgh, general manager of restaurant and events at the CN Tower. "I was inspired by the story of the Gooderham & Worts Distillery whose landmark buildings, including Toronto’s Flatiron Building, which was the company’s former headquarters, are so symbolic of the city’s history, shaped by immigrants and industry, arts and culture."

The Distillery Maple Old Fashioned uses Gooderham & Worts Whisky – a perfect balance of richness that's not overpowering – and maple syrup instead of a sugar cube to provide the sweetness and a Canadian touch to the drink. So make yourself a drink, tour the exhibit online and curl up with the 114 Stories recommended reading list, available for download from the Toronto Public Library. Now that's classy.


  • 2 oz Gooderham & Worts Canadian Whisky
  • 2  dashes Angostura bitters
  • 0.5 oz maple syrup


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass (or another vessel like a shaker) filled with ice and stir to dilute. Add fresh ice to a rocks glass. Pour over ice and add an orange twist.