I know it’s a little early for a cocktail, but never too early to talk about a cocktail. Since most people will be in the grocery store sometime this weekend, stocking up on Thanksgiving items, I thought it would be wise to throw in another recipe, so you can buy the ingredients ahead of time. Martini’s are always a fun way to start a festive party for the holidays, whether it be a small gathering of four, or for a larger group who can share in the shake shake shaking process. Creating a drink that tastes like the season is smart and I think you’ll appreciate this one because it’s reminiscent of fall, while using mostly pantry, or home bar ingredients.
Unfiltered apple juice is what I recommend to give this drink the right amount of apple flavor without it tasting too sweet. The murky tan color is ripe for the season and makes the apple slice pop on top. Cinnamon and apples are just meant to be together, like Sonny & Cher on television every Friday night, when I was a kid. The balance is beautiful in this drink, a perfect sipper to enjoy with loved ones around you.
1 graham cracker, crushed
1 large apple cored and sliced crosswise
5 ounces bourbon, your choice
1 ounce sweet vermouth, carpano antica preferably
8 ounces unfiltered apple juice
dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
2 sticks cinnamon, optional
(Makes 2 Martinis)
- Rub each rim with an apple slice and press into crumbs, set aside.
- In a martini shaker, combine bourbon, vermouth, apple juice and spice. Fill remaining space in shaker with ice cubes. Shake, shake shake until frothy cold.
- Pour through strainer into glasses. Top with apple slice and stick of cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!