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Cocktail Recipe: The Apple Claus

A charming seasonal cocktail, containing two of my favorite cold-weather flavors: bourbon and apples.

The Apple Claus

The Apple Claus

Adapted from a recipe by Laura Moore at The Epicurean Hotel Edge rooftop bar.

Ingredients

    Cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch
  • 3/4 oz. Apple Cinnamon Tea Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Twist or Apple Slice (for garnish)
  • Apple Cinnamon Tea Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 whole apple (minus core) cut into pieces
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tea bags or 4 tbsp loose tea

Instructions

  1. To Make the Cocktail
  2. Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled coupe. Top with sparkling wine (prosecco, Champagne or Apple Cider.) Garnish with an orange twist or apple slice.
  3. To Make Apple Cinnamon Tea Syrup
  4. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add tea and steep for 5 minutes. When finished, remove the tea bags or strain out loose tea.
  5. Return tea to the stove and add sugar, cinnamon and apples. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat, then simmer on low for approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Cool and strain, then pour into a sealed bottle. The syrup will easily keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
https://professorcocktail.com/2016/12/16/cocktail-recipe-the-apple-claus/

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Reviews Whiskey Reviews

Flavored Whiskey Review: Berentzen Bushel & Barrel

The flavored whiskey market has exploded in recent years, and now Germany company Berentzen has entered the fray with their own twist on things.

Berentzen Bushel & Barrel takes Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and mixes it with their apple liqueur (which consists of ┬áneutral spirits, caramel coloring, and natural flavors). The result is one of the more pleasing flavored whiskeys I’ve tried.

Not surprisingly, it smells like apples. Alcoholic apples, with bubble gum and cinnamon. The taste is sweet and cider-like, with the apple flavor shining through, along with some bitterness from the neutral spirits. There’s a little bit of oak and vanilla from the bourbon, but not much. The finish is very short and sweet.

Berentzen Bushel & Barrel reminds me more of a bottled cocktail than a unique spirit. But as bourbon and apples go together very well, it’s certainly not an unpleasant combination. If you love apples, a glass of it on the rocks would make for a nice, sweet treat.

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Cocktail of the Day Drink Recipes Vodka

Cocktail of the Day: Caramel Apple Cosmo

AppleCaramel Apple Cosmo

1 1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A lot of cocktail people look down their noses at vodka, especially flavored vodka. I don't get it myself. I've always been a fan of vodka, and I enjoy experimenting with the flavored variety in different drinks. They're certainly not the first thing I reach for, but that doesn't mean they should never be used.

This was based on a recipe I found in Gaz Regan's book. It has delicious fall flavors and has quickly become one of my wife's favorite drinks.

You don't need to use the Van Gogh brand vodkas, although I've found these varieties to be very tasty. The Sobieski Karamel is also good.

If you don't have any Licor 43, you can replace it with a little simple syrup. It's not going to taste quite the same — the Licor 43 has a very nice sweet vanilla flavor — but it'll give you the general idea.