While I'm not big on anything sweet.. I'm entertaining a bit over the next couple of weeks and need variety. After having such success with turning cranberries into amazing margaritas for a guest post, I elected to create something just as intoxicating with apples. The end result is a cocktail that's truly addictive. It can be served warm in ceramic mugs by the fire.. or (my version of choice for parties) over ice. It's fall/holiday/fun in a glass. Definitely warms the spirit either way!
1 cup apple cider*
1/4 cup apricot brandy
1/4 cup brandy
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 Tbsp. pure/organic maple syrup
Thin apple and/or lemon slices/rings for garnish
Fill a shaker and 2 highball glasses 2/3 full of ice. Pour ingredients into shaker, cover and really give it a mix. Strain into glasses. Garnish with apple and lemon slices. On apple slices, be sure to rub with a bit of lemon to avoid browning. Serve and enjoy. For hot-- mix all well in shaker (eliminating ice) and heat in a saucepan on low for a few minutes. Garnish with thin apple rings sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon and salt. This makes 4 servings, so reserves/seconds are no problem (double/triple the recipe for a group or use this for 4 singles).
* don't buy cider. Make your own with organic apple juice and mulling spices; much better!
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