This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night!  Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.

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Moving right along with our New Year’s Resolutions, which include knocking back a few fancy cocktails (for our health!), here’s a delicious addition to your winter happy hour: an Apple Ginger Smash.

While my favorite fall cocktails lean towards cinnamon, which pairs beautifully with apple, winter makes me crave something a little different.  Something with a little deeper flavor.  Something with ginger and applejack!  This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.

If you haven’t tried applejack before, don’t be shy.  It tastes similar to whiskey, but it does have a subtle apple flavor as well. This Apple Ginger Smash is a great opportunity to round out your liquor collection with something new.  In a pinch, go ahead and substitute whiskey, but try the applejack if you can!

You will need to a do a little bit of advance prep to make this recipe.  In order to get a good, strong ginger flavor, you make a simple syrup with ginger, and the longer you steep the ginger, the stronger the flavor will be.  Ever had a Moscow mule with a weak ginger beer?  Just not as good, is it?  This ginger syrup has just the right amount of spice to make a balanced cocktail.  You’ll also steep a cinnamon stick in the syrup for a little while, but not as long as the ginger.  Why?  Well, as mentioned, I wasn’t going for a cinnamon flavor in this cocktail, but the cinnamon does add some extra pep to the final product.  Just remember, a little goes a long way, so don’t leave the cinnamon stick in the syrup longer than the recipe calls for.

This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.

Of course, once you have a jar of ginger syrup in the fridge, you’re pretty much set for an instant cocktail any time the mood strikes you.  And with shorter days and colder weather, a warming Apple Ginger Smash sounds like a good idea most of the time.  You can also mix up a whole batch of cocktails in advance and have them ready for company.  You’d basically be the best host ever – friend drops by, friend gets Apple Ginger Smash, friend loves you forever and doesn’t want to leave.

In fact, can I come over? No?  Well, in that case, cheers from afar, and enjoy the drink!This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.


Apple Ginger Smash
 
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This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.
Serves: 2 cocktails
Ingredients
To make the Ginger Syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup peeled chopped ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
To make the cocktail:
  • 5½ ounces applejack
  • 3 ounces non-alcoholic apple cider (can substitute apple juice)
  • 4½ ounces ginger syrup
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • Apple slices, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
To make the Ginger Syrup:
  1. Place sugar and water together in a small saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add ginger and reduce heat so syrup comes to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add cinnamon stick; simmer another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and steep everything for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick.
  5. Steep another 20 minutes at room temperature, then refrigerate for 30-45 minutes with the ginger still in the syrup.
  6. Remove ginger and keep syrup refrigerated until ready to use.
To make the cocktail:
  1. Combine all cocktail ingredients except apple slices in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into two cocktail glasses.
  2. Garnish with apple slices and serve.

 This Apple Ginger Smash is the best cocktail to enjoy on a dark winter night! Slightly spicy with warming applejack, it makes your average evening a little more special.

2 Comments on Apple Ginger Smash

  1. Why is this the first time I’m hearing of apple jack?? It sounds amazing. And that ginger syrup alone. Must look for more things to try that with. This is definitely something new to try! We’re having a ridiculous winter, need to be a little woozy to get through it lol.

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