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Apple Elixir Cocktail

Apple Elixir Cocktail

  • Author: Lindsey Bell
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving + a cup of concentrate 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Easy

Description

This cocktail is an apple orchard in a glass, bursting with three layers of apple flavor from fresh sweet cider, 100-proof apple brandy, and fizzy hard cider.


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Ingredients

For the Spiced Cider Concentrate

  • 4 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 allspice berries, whole
  • 1 teaspoon cloves, whole
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, whole

For the Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • 1 ounce apple cider concentrate syrup
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice from about half a lemon
  • 4 ounces hard cider such as Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider
  • Apple slice or apple chip for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. For the Spiced Cider Concentrate
    In a medium saucepan, combine cider, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and black pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Keep at a simmer, uncovered, until reduced by 3/4, and consistency is viscous like maple syrup, about 2 hours. Strain and let cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
  2. For the cocktail
    Combine apple brandy, spiced cider concentrate, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with hard cider. Garnish with apple slice or apple chip if desired. Serve!