I know it’s kind of turned into pumpkin season….but my dad brought me a big, beautiful haul of apples from his orchard, and, ever since, I’ve had apple brain.
I also tend to have cocktails on the brain a lot. Subsequently, I knew I wanted to find a recipe for some sort of bourbon-soaked apple concoction, and while there are plenty of them out there, none of them really fit the bill. Some had ginger ale in them, some had lemon juice, some had straight ginger floating around in there….I was nonplussed. So I decided to strike out on my own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 oz. store-bought apple cider
-2 oz. bourbon (in this house, we prefer Woodford Reserve–holla, Smallwoods!!)
-3 oz. hard cider (I used Hornsby’s Amber Draft. Those who know me well know that Hornsby’s and I go waaaay back)
-1 good shake of cinnamon
-dark brown sugar and honey for garnish
Rim a lowball glass (the fancier, the better) in honey and dark brown sugar (the brown sugar is heavy, and the honey holds it on there really well–plus, it tastes darn good). Mix the apple cider and the bourbon in a mixing cup, and then pour over ice into your fancy glass. Add in your hard apple cider, dust with your single shake of cinnamon and give it a quick stir. Then….what are you waiting for?! Drink!!!