Apple Cider Martini
I can’t resist a good seasonal drink, so when my husband told me on a recent Friday evening that he was going to shake up an autumn-inspired adult beverage for us to sip, I was interested immediately. Skepticism set in, however, when he informed me that his inspiration was the apple. I imagined one of those neon green-colored concoctions made with some sort of sour apple schnapps that isn’t very good and inevitably results in an even worse headache. But what he placed in front of me was anything but artificial.
This cocktail tasted like fall sophistication in a glass, with fresh fruit flavors and, to my delight, was not overly sweet. The Apple Cider Martini would pair perfectly with a Thanksgiving meal—or served as an after-dinner cocktail to impress your guests. It’s as strong as it is delicious, so one is enough if you are hosting at your own home or have a designated driver.
Recipe: Apple Cider Martini
1 oz. apple-bourbon liqueur (try Evan Williams)
½ oz. amaretto vodka (I like Smirnoff)
1 ½ oz. of your favorite orchard’s apple cider (or make your own using Virginia apples)
1 oz. bourbon
Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice and a dash of cinnamon (optional). Sip slowly and give thanks for an all-American fruit.