We have awesome apples around these parts, so I suppose I should eat more of them, but after drinking fresh apple cider, why bother with all that chewing? I love using cider in cocktails, whether fresh in the fall or sparkling all year round. Many think of bourbon or whiskey when choosing a base spirit to mix with cider, but you can also try tequila, rum, gin, brandy, or, more specifically, applejack.
Domestic apple brandy is called applejack, while the more expensive imported stuff is Calvados. It doesn’t taste nearly as apple-y as you might think, but a dash of apple schnapps will fix that. Speaking of fixing things, please “correct” your liquor shelf and toss that neon green bottle of apple-whatever (so ’90s). Instead, make your appletinis with clear apple-flavored vodka and fresh cider, adding a dash of pomegranate juice at the end to create a two-toned tan and red color. Consider it an homage to our local apples.