Orchard Warmer

Now that I’ve picked apples and procured some fresh cider, it’s the right time of year to trot out my own cocktail recipe that I call the Orchard Warmer.

Get this stuff:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh cider
  • 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice (seriously, must be fresh)
  • 0.5 oz grade B maple syrup (grade B is darker, more viscous, more complexly flavored)
  • 1 dash/dropper of Angostura or similar bitters
  • Put all of that in a shaker, add ice, shake the everliving crap out of it until the sides of the shaker start to frost, and then double strain into a cocktail glass. We don’t want any ice chips floating around in this thing.

If you wanna get REALLY fancy, take a slicing tool like a mandoline or one of those incredible Japanese jobbies and make a paper-thin circular slice of fresh apple to float in the drink as a garnish.

Be careful, these are dangerous.