A Bourbon Cocktail for Late Fall

Before the winter solstice and the holidays are upon us, here is a simple cocktail with bourbon, apple cider syrup and fresh orange juice. A measure of lemon juice adds the just right amount of zing. By the fire, inside or outside, this drink is bound to be a hit.

Let’s begin by making the apple cider syrup

Apple Cider Syrup

4 cups fresh apple cider

2 strips orange zest

In a medium non-reactive saucepan, bring the apple cider and orange zest to boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to one cup. Strain and chill before using.

The Cocktail

Makes 2 drinks

3 shots Bourbon, 4-1/2 ounces

2 shots apple cider syrup, 3 ounces (recipe above)

1 shot orange juice , 1-1/2 ounces

1 shot lemon juice, 1-1/2 ounces

2 strips orange zest, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker, except the orange zest. Add ice and shake for about 15 seconds. Strain the mixture over ice or strain and serve neat. Garnish with the strips of orange zest.

Adapted from Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams
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