Skipping the traditional fall spices, apple vodka and elderflower liqueur keep this Apple Orchard Cocktail fresh and slightly floral.
Makes 1 Apple Orchard Cocktail.
Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake up and strain into a glass.
Garnish with an apple slice, if desired.
Ginger Simple Syrup
¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Heat the water to boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Peel and slice the ginger.
Add to the hot water and sugar mixture.
Allow to cool to room temperature.
Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
Tips on Apple Orchard Cocktail
The longer you leave the ginger in the syrup, the stronger the flavor. If possible, make the syrup a day or two ahead of making cocktails to allow the ginger more time to infuse the syrup.
Fresh juice tastes best, but you can use bottled lemon juice in this recipe if that's what you have on hand.
Absolut Juice Apple and Sky Honey Crisp Apple are my two favorite apple vodkas. I've used both in this recipe with delicious results. If you're having a hard time finding apple vodka, you can infuse your own! Follow my instructions in this DIY Liquor infusion, swapping out sliced apples for the sliced strawberries.
You can use regular brandy for the apple brandy if you can't find any or don't have it on hand. But I HIGHLY recommend using apple brandy in this cocktail, as it enhances the apple flavor in the cocktail.
This crisp cocktail pairs deliciously with creamy, salty bacon wrapped dates.