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This Applejack Is Not For Breakfast

Wee little things are so cute, aren’t they? Baby shoes, miniature booze bottles – you get the picture. The Lady apple is one such tiny thing. A basket of them caught my eye at the market, and I remembered a cocktail recipe that calls specifically for the Lady apple.  

Smashing Lady, from the MixShakeStir book of cocktails.

1 Lady apple, quartered, cored and cut into five ½ inch slices
¾ oz simple syrup
1 ½ oz applejack (I used Laird’s) or apple brandy
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
Soda water to taste

Muddle the apple slices with the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, applejack and lemon juice and shake well. Pour into a chilled glass and top with soda water (I used a champagne flute just for fun).

The Smashing Lady

My son eats his weight in apples daily, so we have a lot in the house. The Lady apple doesn’t taste much different than other crisp, mellow varieties, so feel free to substitute (try a quarter of a Pink Lady, Honey Crisp or Braeburn). Or use a blended unfiltered apple juice – start with ½ oz in the recipe above and then add to taste.

This would be a great sipper on Thanksgiving day while prepping the meal (I’m lucky to have fantastic in-laws that do this!) and greeting guests. It’s fairly light on alcohol since the applejack is less than half the quantity, the taste is smooth and it features a spirit out of the usual vodka/tequila/rum categories.  But if Thanksgiving is so stressful that you do pour this applejack into your morning Apple Jacks…well, I’m not judging.

Coming up: I will trial a few pumpkin and cranberry drinks, and post the keepers here within the next two weeks.

Cheers, ICE


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3 Responses to “This Applejack Is Not For Breakfast”

  1. Ginger Says:

    That looks totally yummy and refreshing.

    I look forward to anything with cranberry but pumpkin? Now that I have to see/taste…pumpkin-tini…hmmm….

    waiting for your next post!

  2. Cara in the House Says:

    Now that sounds like my kind of drink!

  3. LB Says:

    Making the world a happier place…one drink at a time !