Fall Cocktail: BOURBON APPLE CIDER

A few years ago, chef and author Virginia Willis was a guest on the blog. She shared an absolutely delicious bourbon apple cider cocktail recipe, and today, I’m reviving it from the archives. It will be perfect for a fall weekend spent outdoors. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can always top this off with a splash of ginger beer for a nod to the flavor. Cheers to fall!

Bourbon Apple Cider
Serves 2

You will need:

– 3/4 cup freshly pressed apple cider
– 1/3 cup Bourbon
– 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 2 thin slices fresh ginger
– 2 thin slices apple, for garnish
– 2 sprigs thyme, for garnish.

To prepare:

Combine apple cider, bourbon, and lemon juice in a shaker. Shake to combine. Pour into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with ginger, apples, and thyme. Enjoy!

photos by Jona Willis

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Beer Americano

Happy Labor Day holiday to all of my friends in the states. I hope everyone is enjoying a day of rest and relaxation. Here’s an easy, Italian-inspired beverage to make this day extra fun: the beer americano. This cocktail is perfect for the last blistering days of summer.

It pairs perfectly with the salty goodness of potato chips and other cookout fare. Look for this and other amazing summer cocktails in my book Cocktail Italiano!

Beer Americano
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 ½ ounces Campari
– 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth
– 3 ounces lager beer
– lemon zest, for garnish

To prepare:

Combine Campari, vermouth and ices cubes in a tall tumbler, stir to combine. Pour the beer into another glass, stir to create a stiff foam, reserve the foam with a spoon top the cocktiail with the beer foam, about 3 ounces.

**Note: For a lighter Americano feel free to pour 2 ounces of the beer in to the cocktail as well. However, this should be done before you top the cocktail with the foam.

xx Annette

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Boozy Summer Dessert:: Campari Sorbet

Campari is bitter and can be an acquired taste, so that’s why you must try this recipe. It is simply incredible. I have convinced many people to try this and give Campari another chance. The end of summer is near, so this Campari sorbet is the perfect farewell. Make it today, so you can enjoy it tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. A few things to note: because of the liquor, this is a soft sorbet, so be sure to make it ahead of time and then chill it overnight to achieve the best texture.

Don’t forget to let me know what you think!

Campari Sorbet
Serves 8

You will need: 
– 1 cup water
– 1 cup sugar
– 3 Tbsp. orange zest 3 oranges, I use a microplane
– 2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (squeeze it yourself; it’s worth it)
– 3/4 cup Campari

To prepare:

In a saucepan combine water, sugar, and zest, making a simple syrup

Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and cool

Add Campari and orange juice to the syrup. You need to chill in the refrigerator at this point, the colder the better before adding it to the ice cream maker

Place into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions, place into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap, put into the freezer until ready to serve.

Recipe from : Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY

Photo by: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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Lime Thyme Gimlet

Hi everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web manager and friend. It has been hotter than the surface of the sun the past few days in Atlanta. It’s just approaching that time of year where the heat becomes oppressive, and our air conditioners and fans kick into overdrive. Since the scorchers have only just begun, I’ve started looking for refreshing summer cocktails to keep the heat at bay. Enter the Lime Thyme Gimlet, one of Annette’s archived cocktails.

I’m planning to try it this weekend, and I hope you do too. If you do, let me know what you think!

Lime Thyme Gimlet

You will need:

– 1.25 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin1 oz Fresh squeezed Lime Juice

– 1 oz. Thyme Syrup

– 1 thinly sliced lime

– a sprig of fresh thyme

To prepare:

Pour the gin, lime juice, and thyme syrup into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well.
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime slice and fresh thyme sprig.

Thyme simple syrup

You will need:

– 2 tablespoons lime zest

– 2 tablespoons lime juice

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 cup water

– sprigs of thyme

To prepare:

Put all ingredients in a small pot, simmer for 10 minutes let cool. The syrup can be stored in a jar for up to 2 weeks.

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Cheers to Watermelon

Watermelon is ripe and ready this time of year which means it’s time for Keith Robinson’s delicious batched cocktail recipe, the watermelon spritzer. It’s perfect for spring and summer. Try it this weekend with friends, and let me know what you think, or just make the entire batch for a weekend of easy refreshments for two.

Watermelon Spritzer
Serves 12

You will need:
– 6 cups watermelon juice
– 1 cups fresh lime juice
– 1 cups mint simple syrup
– 1 bottle white Bordeaux or white burgundy wine
– 1/2 bottle club soda
– Fresh mint, lime slices as garnish

To prepare:
In a pitcher combine all the ingredients and ice and stir. To serve add fresh mint and slice of lime as garnish to each glass.

Photo: The Raftermen

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