Apple Elixir Recipe

Spiced Apple Cider Concentrate, Apple Brandy, Hard Apple Cider, Lemon Juice
Apple Elixir
Photo for Leanne Davis
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.

Ingredients

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
Apple Elixir