Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Although I could I could sip on the original version of this cocktail throughout the year, it's always a little fun to dream of seasonal variations. Since we're in the dead of winter; apples and cinnamon are some of the first things that come to mind.
Incorporate those into this classic cocktail and you've got a delicious spiced apple cider whiskey sour.
Instead of traditional simple syrup, this version is sweetened with a cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup. It adds just the right amount of spice and caramel-like flavor to the cocktail. There's also a good dose of fresh lemon juice and a splash of orange juice which add a burst of tartness and help to balance the sweetness from the cider and simple syrup.
This is the perfect balance of flavors and such a fun, seasonal take on the classic.
So build a fire, shake up this cocktail, cozy under a warm blanket and enjoy!
Apple Cider Whiskey Sour
For the cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup-
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks
For the Whiskey sour:
2 Oz bourbon (or more depending on taste)
6 Oz apple cider
1/2-1 Oz lemon juice
1 Oz simple syrup
Splash of orange juice
For the simple syrup-
Combine water and both sugars in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Allow mixture to come to a simmer, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from heat, add cinnamon sticks and allow to steep until cooled.
Once cooled, place in a well sealed container and refrigerate.
For the whiskey sour:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake to combine. Taste, add more bourbon or lemon juice if needed. Divide mixture between two ice-filled glasses and enjoy.
Recipe source: A Lynsey original