When fall arrives, I get all excited about the smells that result from walking out the front door. Fireplace smoke fills the air and the occasional burning leaves indicate that summer is sadly over for good. This is the time I begin looking forward to heavier flavored cocktails to enjoy. Things like the Sazerac and The Last Word are just two examples of fall and winter favorites. Recently, however, I set out to make a cocktail that features Applejack. There’s almost nothing more geared towards cold weather than warm baked apples. With the addition of Strega (witch…Halloween…fall…you get the idea) and Benedictine, two very flavorful spirits, this cocktail packs a rather insane punch. Finally, I add some locally made Sparkling Apple Cider, and it is off to the couch next to the fireplace for a little rest and relaxation. I miss you already summer. Please come back soon.
2 oz. Applejack
1 oz. Strega
1/2 oz. Benedictine
1/2 oz. Filtered Water
6 drops Angostura Bitters
1 1/2 oz. Sparkling Apple Cider
1. Add first five ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker.
2. Shake vigorously for about 20-seconds.
3. Add cider and stir.
4. Strain into highball glass.
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