As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t enjoy overly sweet cocktails. If I had to choose between a strawberry daiquiri and a gin and tonic, I’d pick the gin any day. So that means you can count me out on all of your gingerbread martinis and drunken pumpkin pies. I concocted a cocktail for everyone like myself to drink this holiday season. It starts out with a shot of Irish whiskey, a swizzle of spicy homemade ginger syrup, a splash of tart apple cider. and then topped off with a little ginger ale for some fizz. The cinnamon rim adds some much needed spice and a festive touch. The whiskey will warm your belly and give you just enough buzz to listen to your weird uncle’s post-dinner political rants. The Gingered Apple won’t fill you up like those super rich holiday martinis do, which means more pumpkin pie for you! Don’t be intimidated by the ginger syrup. It’s surprisingly easy to make. You don’t even need to peel the ginger. I just thinly sliced a piece of ginger slightly longer than my thumb and steeped it along with water and sugar in a saucepan for an hour. It’s one of those recipes you don’t have to babysit. Just make sure that you strain the syrup well. Pieces of ginger floating in your drink is not that appetizing.
The Gingered Apple
- cinnamon for the rim
- a shot of Irish whiskey
- 2 oz of ginger syrup (about a shot and a half)
- 5 oz of apple cider
- a splash of ginger ale
- apple slices and a cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)
1. Wet the rim of a tumbler with your finger. Sprinkle some cinnamon on a plate and twist the wet side of the glass in the cinnamon until the rim is thoroughly coated. Carefully place 3 ice cubes in the rimmed glass.
2. Pour a shot of whiskey and a shot and a half of ginger syrup in the glass. Stir to combine. Add apple cider until the glass is 3/4 of the way full. Stir. Then top off the drink with a splash of ginger ale. Add apple slices and a cinnamon stick to garnish. Sit by the fire and enjoy your drink.
Whiskey that’s old enough to buy cigarettes is a nice touch.