Updated: Sep 28
Oh my goodness this cocktail. If you love apple cider like me and wait all year for it to be the freshest, this drink will have you at the first sip. I mean it. I created it because I'm obsessed with cider (and also bourbon, ha!). Spicy apply cider gets turned up a notch (deepened) with a hit of top shelf bourbon and swizzling of thyme simple syrup over ice. The only necessary garnish is a thick slice of honey crisp apple that has been rolled in cinnamon sugar and a thyme sprig. Easy to make, sooo easy to drink. Happy Fall!
"Nicer bourbon or whiskey is essential in this drink- otherwise your swallows will burn. Don't do that to yourself-or to the drink!
Notes: Bourbon is Elijah Craig.
CINNAMON APPLE BOURBON THYME
Ingredients: Bourbon or whiskey, apple cider, honey crisp apple slices, 2 tbsp. cinnamon-sugar mix, ice. For Thyme Simple Syrup: 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup loosely packed thyme sprigs.
1. Make the Thyme Simple Syrup: put sugar, water and thyme into a saucepan and heat over medium-high until simmering. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove and cool 30 minutes.
2. Fill lowball glass to 3/4 full with ice. Pour over 1 generous shot of bourbon and 2 shots of apple cider. Add 1 tbsp. Thyme syrup, stirring to dissolve.
3. Dip a slice of apple into cinnamon sugar, plop it into the drink. Add a thyme sprig.