This week's cocktail hook was to use the Green Apple rimming sugar I got for my birthday a couple of month's ago. We've already used both the Lemon Drop (good with Sidecars) and the Vanilla (good with the coffee cocktails) rimmers, so it was time to try the last one. There aren't too many apple drinks, but one comes immediately to mind.
- 1 1/2 oz. Applejack
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
Throw the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and strain into chilled cocktail glasses. Decorate with a lime wedge.
You can also make the Jack Rose with lemon juice, but I find it tastes better with lime. I rimmed it with the Green Apple sugar rimmer and it looked really beautiful. I didn't take a picture because I haven't been happy with the way any of them have come out. But the deep red of the cocktail, along with the sharp green of the rimmer and lime slice made it feel all Christmas-y. Unfortunately, I used my bottle of Key Lime juice instead of squeezing fresh limes and it made the lime taste very overpowering. Gabrielle went so far as to say the lime juice was from concentrate, although it wasn't, but that's how strong the taste was. It just isn't prime lime season here, so the available limes are small and dry.
- 1.5 oz vodka (regular or apple - we used Green Apple Smirnoff)
- .5 oz apple liqueur (Applejack again)
- splash lemon juice
Shake ingredients over cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with apple slice.
This is a recipe from The Little Black Book of Cocktails, yet another cocktail recipe book I have. It is small (about 4" x 3") but has a nice metal ring binder so it lays flat. It also has an elastic on the back, to wrap around the pages as a bookmark. I haven't really perused it that deeply, but it seems like a good one.
I picked up a bottle of the Twist of Green Apple Smirnoff just for the occasion. Not too bad a taste, although a tad overwhelming. I thought about using Calvados, the French apple brandy, but decided against it, as I'm just not crazy about it. But this was an interesting cocktail and the rimmer went well with it.
We then played about three hours of Serious Sam 2, managing to get past two more levels, including the one that stumped us last week. It's been a long, hard slog, with something like 13 levels to go. This next level promises to be very tough, as it is in really close quarters. And it left no time for Sopranos.