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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

Honeycrisp apples combine with a holiday spiced simple syrup and bourbon for the perfect holiday apple cocktail. Don't forget the cinnamon sugar rim!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cocktails, Christmas Cocktails, Holiday Cocktails, Holiday Drinks
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 cocktails
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 2 honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and quartered (can use another apple variety if you can't find honeycrisp)
  • ½ 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 ½ cups light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  • 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 4 oz. homemade apple puree, 3 oz. bourbon, and 1 oz. holiday spiced simple syrup into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Pour into two glasses. Repeat with two remaining glasses.
  • Garnish each cocktail with apple chips and star anise, if desired.

Holiday Spiced Simple Syrup

  • 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.
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