Friday, December 09, 2011

(Another) Cocktail of the Week: Apple-Rye Sour

Here's yet one more grown-up/shaken/martini-type cocktail for your holiday enjoyment.  (Hint: If you're crunched for time...or just lazy...I'm betting you could substitute apple butter or applesauce for the homemade apple jam.)

Apple-Rye Sour
Makes one cocktail.

To make apple jam:
Combine 2 good-quality red apples (peeled, cored and cubed) with 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. 

To make the cocktail, combine 1 teaspoon of the apple jam, 1 tablespoon simple syrup 1 tablespoon lime (or lemon) juice, and 2 ounces rye whiskey in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.

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