I’ve been working on many projects in eat make read land, one of which is my on-going work on Remedy Quarterly (check out an issue here), but I’ve also been doing my fair share of cocktail writing. You can find me every Friday at Serious Eats, where I write a Drinking in Season column that features seasonal fruit (and sometimes veggies) in cocktails. I’ve also been writing for a few magazines, including a story about DIY bitters in this month’s issue of BUST, which is super exciting. I’m telling you this for two reasons—one, it means more happy hours for everyone! Yippee!! But two—I’ve been buying up more booze lately, which means I’ve been experimenting a little with things other than bourbon (oh how I love thee), vodka, gin and tequila.
One of my new favorite spirits, which is perfect for autumn, is Applejack, an alcohol made by distilling hard apple cider. I mean, what’s not to love, right? I’ve been using it in a few different cocktails— from simply adding it to cider to this little number that I found in one of my favorite cocktail books, mix shake stir. It’s the kind of cocktail that really allows the flavors of fall to shine through—we’re talking apple and maple syrup. You’re going to want to whip this little number up, I promise.
Cheers, to my favorite season, applejack and the weekend!
makes 1 cocktail | adapted from mix shake stir
2 ounces Applejack (like Laird’s)
2/3 ounce maple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
apple slice to garnish
In a cocktail shaker, stir together the Applejack and maple syrup.
Fill with ice and add the orange and lemon juices. Shake vigorously.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an apple slice.
Since I’ve decided to wholeheartedly embrace fall flavors—they’re a bit richer, spicier and sweet in a different way that the juicy summer flavors we just left behind.