Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

Whiskey sours are a classic cocktail that have been around since long before my time.  People from all over have long enjoyed sipping on this classic cocktail.   If you're a whiskey person, odds are you've had at least one or two of these cocktails.

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!

Cheers!

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour
Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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