Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cocktail du jour: The Royal Apple

Chances are this time of year you've got baskets full of apples and a fridge stocked with a jug or two of apple cider. So why not make a cocktail out of your fall bounty? I always get caught up in my enthusiasm for fall and forget I'm the only one in the house who likes to drink apple cider. Mr. C&G is tired of finding the ballooned-out jugs in the back of the fridge so this is a great way to use up your cider before it turns to vinegar.

Apple cider syrup is easy to make, just boil a cup of cider until its reduced by half (or cheat and stop by local favorite Vena's Fizz House for a bottle of their house made syrup). Store it in the fridge until cocktail hour and then use it to add some fall flavor and sweetness to your favorite blended whisky.

Royal Apple 
1 oz blended Canadian Whisky
1 oz apple cider syrup
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
dash orange bitters

Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
Shake and strain into a martini or coupe glass
Garnish with an apple slice

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