Friday, November 28, 2014

Cheers! Spiced Apple Cocktails.

...my notes for this one date back to November, 2012. Not exactly a classic...but heading into a third holiday season, I feel like it's a keeper worth sharing.

The key ingredient is a spiced apple simple syrup. It's easy and needs to be done ahead so it can chill. I made it this morning, had it in the refrigerator this afternoon and made cocktails this evening... the perfect early holiday toast!

Spiced Apple Simple Syrup
completely inspired by Katie!

1-1/2 C water
3 T sugar (this makes an 8:1 simple syrup - not very sweet at all, but it works great with the champagne)
2 heaping T mulling spices
1/8 apple, sliced very (very!) thin

Put everything into a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves (maybe 5 minutes). Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few hours. Then strain into a jar, cover and refrigerate (at least a few hours and up to a few weeks...really - it keeps great!)

 

My favorite way to use this syrup is with champagne. Fill a flute with champagne and add a tablespoon of the syrup on top.

For a "real" cocktail, shake the syrup with gin, a little water and crushed ice. Add a dash of bitters and a half lemon slice.

Cheers!

 

 

7 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious and perfect for the holiday season!

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  2. Loved the added bit of flavor it gave the champagne-will be adding this recipe to my holiday catalog

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  3. All the ingredients for a perfect Holiday cocktail! Thank you for sharing your secret.

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  4. Oh, YUM! That looks so festive -- and tasty, too.

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  5. This looks delicious and something I'll definitely be trying. Now you've also got me wondering what else I can flavor simple syrup with (maybe raspberries...) and try with champagne. Thanks for a great recipe and inspiration!

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  6. That looks delicious! Thank-you Mary. ;-)

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Thanks for the feedback!