Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

There's a chill in the air throughout the day...

The leaves are changing and falling in my face...

I can drink coffee without sweating like a mad woman...

It's FALL!

Which means fall cocktails are in high demand. My standby has always been red wine- but then again wine is always my standby, whether it's 100* or -15*.

So let's get a little more creative, eh? Something that celebrates the flavors of fall, gets the cheeks a little rosy, and makes me forget that winter is just around the corner.

Oh hello handsome.

This little guy is a phenomenal fall twist on the traditional whiskey sour. Sweet enough to be enjoyed by those of us a bit 'put off' by anything too strong, but flavorful enough to be a proper cocktail. The real star of the show is the homemade cinnamon simple syrup.

FYI- it's called 'simple syrup' because it's like....really frickin' simple to make- so no excuses!

Also, I won't tell you to go out and buy some fancy shmancy whiskey/bourbon for this cocktail since we're mixing it with several things- HOWEVER- a good quality apple cider is a must. Look for something local, fresh and with the smallest ingredient list possible. Protip: Apples should be the first and only ingredient.

Anyway- here's the recipe. Now whip one of these bad boys up and toast to fall!

Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • 4 ounces bourbon/whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup 
To make cinnamon simple syrup: combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat, then add 1-2 cinnamon sticks (1 is a light cinnamon flavor, 2 is pretty strong but delicious!). Allow mixture to cool, transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge until needed.

To make the cocktail: in a large cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and a small handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and sliced apples. 

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