Did you ever purchase apple cider for a holiday then discover there’s still some left. You may not feel like having another cup of mulled cider, so how about something different, an apple cider sour cocktail? I read about this drink in a “20 Odd Questions” column in the December 21st issue of the Wall Street Journal in which Martha Stewart says this is her favorite holiday drink. The drink contains apple cider, a piece of fresh ginger, lemon juice and bourbon.
In the last thirty years, I haven’t been one for hard liquor, but recently my husband gave me some Woodford Reserve Bourbon to taste, game changer! The bourbon is smooth with notes of vanilla and a bit of caramel. For the apple cider, I used Delicious Orchards.
Here’s the recipe from Martha’s webpage
Prep: 5 minutes
3/4 cup apple cider
1/3 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 (2-1/2-inch long) thin slices fresh ginger
2 thin slices from a small apple, such as pink lady or I used Honeycrisp, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add cider, bourbon, lemon juice, and ginger; shake until well chilled. Strain and divide cocktail between two coupes or lowball glasses. Garnish with apple slices.
You can also make this a big-batch cocktail: In a pitcher, combine 3 cups apple cider, 1 cup bourbon, 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 8 thin slices fresh ginger, and 8 to 12 thin slices from a small apple. Stir well and chill. Serve over ice.
So here’s to new beginnings and a new year, may you have good health, happiness and prosperity. Enjoy!
Disclaimer, my husband has worked at Delicious Orchards for the past 35 years and one of his jobs was to oversee the cider and juice process. As of 2020, he’s semi-retiring, hence a cocktail to celebrate his new beginning.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.