Okay, you all know how much I love bourbon. To be honest, I NEVER drink it straight. Until about a year ago I didn’t like to drink it at all, I really only liked to cook with it. After going to several bourbon distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, I feel like I have a decent handle on tasting bourbon. Most importantly, I have learned a lot about nuances of bourbon as a way to cook with it.
I say all of this to ensure you that I am no mixologist. I even had to google the measurement terms to get this recipe right. I am hardly even a drinker at all. I do love bourbon, and I know how I like my bourbon, so I thought I’d give you all a little cocktail recipe. Apple cider is probably in my top 5 favorite things to drink. I like it warm. I like it cold. I can sip it. I can chug it. I love apple cider! One of my night caps is usually a warm mug of apple cider with a splash of bourbon in it. Tuttle Orchard is my favorite!
As I was planning for fall dinner parties I realized it might be fun to suggest a bourbon cocktail to clients. I don’t serve alcohol at my dinner parties, but it’s nice to be able to give my clients an idea for what they can serve.
Orange Apple Cider Cocktail
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange
6 oz apple cider
1 shot bourbon
1 tbsp simple syurp
1 piece of orange peel
Simple Syrup: Combine ingredients into a small sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat. Syrup will thicken as it cools.
Cocktail: Combine cider, bourbon, and syrup into a rock glass. Stir gently and place orange peel on the rim of the glass for garnish.
Enjoy every single sip!