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An Apple A Day…

Friday, October 8th, 2010

It’s Rocktober! A month filled with occasions for cocktails. In fact, I thought of calling it Cocktober, but that sounded a bit unseemly.

Since today is Apple Day in my kindergartener’s class, naturally I had to have an apple cocktail last night (we all mark events in our own way).  And just to mix it up, I went with a cachaca-based drink. Cachaca (pronounced ka-sha-sa) is made with fermented sugarcane juice in Brazil.

My first stop on liquor store visits is the mini bins. Granted, the selection can be limited, but sometimes I find a mini bottle that lets me try a liquor without the commitment of the big bottle. My discovery of the Novo Fogo cachaca mini allowed me to try the delicious Homecoming Caipirinha (pronounced kie-pur-reen-yah).

Drawer o' minis (I promise that it is neater than it looks!)

Homecoming Caipirinha

1 ½ oz cachaca
2 apple slices
2 lemon slices
1 oz unfiltered apple juice
½ oz agave nectar
Dash cinnamon

Muddle the apple and lemon slices in a cocktail shaker, and then add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake to chill, and then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. (Note: I made some changes to the original recipe to simplify it.)

This is a great drink for fall, and would be easy to scale up for a party. The agave nectar can be found at most grocery stores in the sweetener or honey sections.  Perhaps it’s time to invest in a bottle of cachaca, or even to try this recipe with rum.

Halloween + Cocktails. Two of my favorite things together, so I’m going to have a fun month. Stay tuned!

Cheers, ICE