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Autumn in New England

It’s not Autumn, and I’m not in New England, but this cocktail still works on a number of levels. While this may sound like a book or movie title, it’s actually an adult libation we found in our copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s book “How to Cocktail.” They point out that apple and sage are a pairing that taste as if they were always meant to be together, and that’s why this drink works. The piney, slightly astringent notes of the sage are mellowed by the bright sweetness of apples.

A couple of sage leaves are muddled in maple syrup to infuse with herbal flavor. Apple cider’s sweet, slightly fermented flavor adds even more depth, as does the smoky, caramelized bourbon. Keeping with the apple theme, a bit of cider vinegar with its bracing acidity adds another touch of savoriness to balance things out.

Cheers!

Autumn in New England Cocktail

  • Servings: 2 drinks
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 6 sage leaves, plus small sprigs for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 4 oz. bourbon
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • 1⁄2 oz. cider vinegar

Directions

  • Add sage leaves and syrup to base of cocktail shaker and muddle until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add bourbon, apple cider, and vinegar, then fill shaker with ice. Shake until just combined and chilled, about 5 seconds
  • Double-strain cocktail into old-fashioned glasses half-filled with ice, or containing one large cube.
  • Garnish with sage sprigs and serve.

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Try on a Tuxedo No. 4

Need a new riff on a martini? Well, maybe the word “need” is a bit too strong, but why not imbibe in one of these sophisticated libations? This is a tasty twist on a Dry Martini but it has no vermouth, it uses sherry instead, so it isn’t really a Dry Martini after all… do you really care?

A classic 19th century tipple that originated at the Waldorf-Astoria Bar in upstate New York, it is bone dry and aromatic with green grape, citrus and mineral notes, and garnished with orange peel. Alternatively, you may consider dressing this cocktail with an olive, as one suits it.

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Ingredients

  • 2 1⁄2 oz. dry gin
  • 1⁄2 oz. fino sherry
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • Strip orange peel, for garnish

Directions

  1. Add gin, sherry and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously until very cold.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with orange peel.

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Holiday Cheer Cosmos

An Elderflower Liqueur Cosmo and a White Cranberry Cosmo ran into each other at a bar, both spilling a bit into a third glass which exploded with Holiday Cheer—and a third Cosmo was born, a cross between the two adult libations.

I first saw the White Cranberry Cosmo on a Facebook posting and thought it’d be a great “house” drink for an upcoming Winter Cheer party. Problem was, it seemed everyone else had the same idea. Two weeks prior, thinking I’d be ahead of the game by picking up the white cranberry juice at the supermarket, they were completely out!

A few days later at a big box liquor store, there were endless flavors of vodka, I kid you not. We found jalapeño, pickle, peanut butter, caramel apple, dark roasted espresso and every possible red fruit: watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, pomegranate (which was going to be my fall back), but no cranberry.

Undeterred, I followed up with a staff worker, who after consulting with the manager, was able to locate a box on the highest shelf, attainable only with a large step ladder just for employees. That guy was persistent, but so was I. St. Germain’s Elderflower Liqueur was a much easier find.

Tasty and sophisticated, these babies are a great way to get the party started!

Holiday Cheer Cosmo

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cranberry vodka
  • 1/4 Elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • 1/4 cup white cranberry juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh sugared cranberries for garnish (see recipe below)
CHEERS!

Directions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and and all all of the ingredients, except the garnish.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into two martini glasses.
  • Garnish each with a large toothpick containing 3 sugared cranberries.

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Sugared Cranberries

These little gems from Yossy Arefi are a perfect garnish for the Holiday Cheer Cosmos. The recipe can easily be cut in half for a small party.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

Sugared Cranberries

  • Servings: Yields 1 1/2 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Directions

  1. Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a simmer around the edges. Cool the syrup to room temperature.
  2. When the syrup is cool, add the cranberries and stir to coat, working in batches if necessary. Use a slotted spoon to remove the berries and place them on a cooling rack set over a sheet pan to drain.
  3. Pour the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar into a shallow dish and roll the cranberries, a few at a time, in the sugar until totally coated.
  4. Let them dry completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
  5. After a few days they start to soften and weep a bit. Cook them down into a sauce or a quick jam.

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