We need some Friday Fun around here, how about you? That said, I thought it would be good to share another cocktail recipe, a nice autumnal alternative to straight up fresh apple cider. It’s great for Hallowe’en parties too and loans itself to a bit of sinister styling as we countdown to the 31st…
Autumn Apple Cider Cocktail, 1 Serving
1 *Lady apple, roughly chopped for muddling
1/2 lime, cut into wedges for muddling
1 ounce maple syrup
1 ounce apple cider
2 ounces vodka
1 thin crosswise slice apple, fresh or **dried, for garnish
*If you don’t have the Lady variety, use another favorite. I love MacIntosh.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the apple and lime. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into martini glass; top with club soda. Garnish with the apple slice.
THE SIMPLIFIED VERSION
… is to forgo muddling and shakers and to omit the maple syrup for a less sweet drink. Just add vodka and cider to a glass with ice and top with club soda and finish with a good squeeze of lime.
A **dried apple slice makes a nice looking, grown-up Hallowe’en garnish, and they look good on a fruit and cheese board too.
If you’d like to make your own apple thins, it’s simple and any eating apple is better than cooking/baking apples. After you wash them, just leave the skins on and the core in and cut some nice thin (about 5mm) cross sections of the apple and spread them out on a baking tray. Put them in the oven on low heat – around 60C for approx 2 hours.
For an extra twist of Hallowe’en party fun,
add black sugar to the rim of your glass; moisten the rim of the martini glass with water. Place black sugar on a saucer and dip the rim of the glass in the sugar to coat. Pour the cocktail. Small plastic spiders are everywhere at this time of year for Hallowe’en decorating – or you may have some already…
… Stick a small plastic spider to the side of the black sugar-rimmed glass, and you now have an Apple Spider Cocktail…
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