For this past President’s Day, I decided to create something that used American ingredients. Patriotic, right? Well, mainly it seemed like it would be delicious. That’s really my primary concern when putting together a cocktail. I also wanted to explore a bit and see if I could get some apple flavor in there without just pouring whiskey into apple juice.
So … we have something a little unique, here. I took sparkling apple cider (the non-alcoholic kind), added some sugar and spices, and reduced it down by about half to create a syrup. This is a really easy process, not much different from making simple syrup, so don’t let it scare you away from making this drink!
Once I had the syrup ready, I mixed it with bourbon and a bit of corn whiskey … which is basically un-aged bourbon. Finally I added lemon juice to cut the sweetness and a splash more sparkling cider to give it a little fizz.
The result is still on the sweet side, but pretty delicious. If you like a drier drink, in general, then I suggest cutting the apple syrup to a quarter of an ounce.
This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.
The All American Cocktail Recipe
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail Strainer
- Chilled cocktail glass
- Combine all ingredients except cider in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, top with the cider, and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- Medium saucepan
- Storage bottle
- 1 cup Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Apple Cider
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
- 1/2 stick Cinnamon
- 1 Star anise
- 1 chunk Peeled Fresh Ginger
- 5 Black Peppercorns
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar incorporates. As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and let the syrup reduce by half. Cool, strain, and bottle. Keeps in the fridge for about a month.