Apple cider really brings the Fall spirit, especially in cocktails. I really love the spiciness and the overall flavor that it can add to a basic sour cocktail.
In the past, I would have paired bourbon with this cocktail but since it’s 2020 (ha!) we are branching out and trying everything in the liquor cabinet.
For a new spin on this beverage, I added aged rum as the tasting notes are toffee, apple, and buttery vanilla. These flavors scream fall and pair perfectly with the apple cider and hint of honey. The lemon juice balances everything out and adds a note of acid that demands you get up from your couch and make another one.
For those that want to go next level (again, 2020) the apple fan garnish is very necessary. It not only serves up a crisp snack, but is also a palate cleanser.
Apple Cider Vibes
1.5 ounces rum
1 ounce apple cider
1 ounce lemon juice
½ ounce of honey (adjust based on the sweetness of your apple cider)
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Add rum, apple cider, lemon juice and honey to your shaker
Shake then strain into coupe
Dash cocktail with aromatic bitters
Garnish with apple fan