Nothing says fall quite like apples, and the Apple Elixir cocktail has plenty of 'em. Combining a homemade spiced apple cider concentrate (recipe below), apple brandy, and hard apple cider, this is a celebration of everything that makes autumn my favorite season for creative drinks.
|For the Spiced Cider Concentrate:|
|4 cups fresh apple cider|
|2 cinnamon sticks|
|4 allspice berries, whole|
|1 teaspoon cloves, whole|
|2 teaspoons black peppercorns, whole|
|For the Cocktail:|
|2 ounces Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy|
|1 ounce apple cider concentrate syrup|
|1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice from about half a lemon|
|4 ounces hard cider such as Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider|
|Apple slice or apple chip for garnish (optional)|
Preparation: How to make an Apple Elixir
- For the Spiced Cider Concentrate: In a medium saucepan, combine cider, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and black pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Keep at a simmer, uncovered, until reduced by 3/4, and consistency is viscous like maple syrup, about 2 hours. Strain and let cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- For the cocktail: Combine apple brandy, spiced cider concentrate, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with hard cider. Garnish with apple slice or apple chip if desired. Serve