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Holiday Spiced Honeycrisp Apple Cocktail -- Honeycrisp apples combine with a holiday spiced simple syrup and bourbon for the perfect holiday apple cocktail. Don't forget the cinnamon sugar rim | wearenotmartha.com
Holiday Spiced Honeycrisp Apple Cocktail
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Honeycrisp apples combine with a holiday spiced simple syrup and bourbon for the perfect holiday apple cocktail. Don't forget the cinnamon sugar rim!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 4 cocktails
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
  • 2 honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and quartered (can use another apple variety if you can't find honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz. Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup (recipe below), plus more for glass rims
  • 6 oz. bourbon
  • Apple chips for garnish, if desired
  • Star anise for garnish, if desired
Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Put honeycrisp apple slices and water in a blender and blend until smooth for homemade apple puree.

  2. Push puree mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or mason jar to get out as much juice as possible, leaving solids behind.

  3. On a small plate, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon. Brush rims of cocktail glasses (coup glasses work well) lightly with holiday spiced simple syrup and twirl the glasses in the sugar/cinnamon mixture to coat rims.

  4. Pour 2 oz. homemade apple puree, 1 1/2 oz. bourbon, and 1/2 oz. holiday spiced simple syrup into each cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish each cocktail with apple chips and star anise, if desired.

Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.

  2. Lower heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved and syrup thickens.

  3. Strain syrup into a jar or bowl to let cool completely. Store simple syrup in refrigerator. Leave cinnamon sticks and anise in the mixture, if desired, to continue to develop the flavor.