On our recent apple picking outing we got some cider. I just love cider this time of year, it’s great hot or cold. The boys enjoy it with some seltzer mixed in. The grow ups, however, get to play around a little more!
Over the weekend the weather was gorgeous Sunday so we had cocktails on the porch. I tinkered around with a couple cider drinks, and while they were good it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
I decided to go with an apple pie flavor. One of the best smells of autumn is apples and cinnamon. It fills the house with such sweet delicious smells. And of course vanilla is the next best thing. I’m not sure I’m capable of baking without pouring in vanilla, I just love it!
So this is sort like an apple pie martini. Sit back, relax and enjoy the smells of autumn on the porch. Listen to the leaves falling. Life just doesn’t get much better! Here it’s still quite warm during the day so this is a refreshing cold drink, but on a crisp evening you could easily heat the cider first and warm your hands on a nice toasty hot mug.
2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Fireball cinnamon whiskey
1/2 oz. Licor 43
2 oz. apple cider
Cinnamon sugar for rim and apple slice for garnish if desired
Run a lemon or lime wedge around the rim of a martini glass then rim with cinnamon sugar. Pour the vodka, cinnamon whiskey, Licor 43 and cider into a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake well. Strain into rimmed martini glass. Cover with an apple slice.
** You can use another brand of cinnamon whiskey or even try cinnamon schnapps. Licor 43 is a vanilla liqueur so substitute with another vanilla alcohol if you can’t find it.
Yields: 1 serving