Honeycrisp apples combine with a holiday spiced simple syrup and bourbon for the perfect holiday apple cocktail. Don't forget the cinnamon sugar rim!
Put honeycrisp apple slices and water in a blender and blend until smooth for homemade apple puree.
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.
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.
Pour 2 oz. homemade apple puree, 1 1/2 oz. bourbon, and 1/2 oz. holiday spiced simple syrup into each cocktail glass.
Garnish each cocktail with apple chips and star anise, if desired.
Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
Lower heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved and syrup thickens.
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.