It is so easy to make summer cocktails – it seems as though anything fruity on ice is just perfect to drink in the summer. I think it is harder to make a really great fall/winter cocktail – without making a warm drink. You want to create something that gives the aura of warmth, something with an intense flavor.
When my husband and I go to New York City, one of our favorite places for a delicious cocktail and dinner is the Gramercy Tavern. The restaurant is very fancy – but we stick to the bar – in fact we have never even been to the dining room. They have a wonderful prix fix meal that is extremely reasonable, and some of the best cocktails around. They are classic cocktails – not the kind that are completely outrageous, but just good solid drinks.
I saw this recipe printed in Bon Appetit last month – and because it was from the Gramercy Tavern, I had to give it a try. I changed things up a little – since I have been trying to make cocktails without using simple syrup – so I substituted for Snap Liquor – a wonderful sweet liquor with all the flavors of fall – like a Gingerbread treat. I thought this was amazing, and our friends liked it as well. It will definitely be my favorite this season.
Bon Appetit – Gramercy Tavern
- 2 tablespoons apple brandy (such as Calvados or Laird’s)
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 tablespoon Snap Liquor
- 2 tablespoons fresh apple cider
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 dash of Angostura bitters
- Dried or fresh apple slice (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add apple brandy, and next 5 ingredients. Shake cocktail vigorously 10-15 times and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with apple slice, if desired.
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