I am back in Michigan, from Manila for a few weeks this fall. Since I arrived its been a wonderful whirlwind of events. I arrived and the next day left again for a trip to Maine for a wedding. The colors were beautiful, trees are all brightly colored in oranges, yellows, and reds and the sun is still shinning, although chilly it has been wonderful!
It is my favorite time to come to the Midwest because it is not too cold but you still have the feeling of cozying up with a warm drink and a bowl of chili. I usually make an appetizer recipe with a drink pairing but apples are coming out of our ears we’ve picked so many so I decided to make a easy, delicious dessert recipe to go with our night cap cider drink.
The cocktail is not too heavy, not too strong, and just the right amount of warming. My mom doesn’t like bourbon and even she loved this fall flavored cocktail! The cinnamon and ginger add a perfect spiciness to the cider, while adding some water makes it a little less sweet and gives it a thinner consistency which I like in a cocktail.
The apples are delicious just simply baked with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. Cinnamon actually has amazing health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties and has shown to help regulate blood sugar! And that is just an added bonus to the warming, spicy flavor it adds, even in just a small amount.
makes 2 drinks
1 cup apple cider
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 oz bourbon of choice
1 oz triple sec or orange liquor
Bitters of your choice (optional)
Cinnamon and brown sugar for rim garnish and apple slices.
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Enjoy ~ Amanda
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