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).
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.