Saturday, October 12, 2013

An Apple A Day...


Here are three Autumn cocktails that call for that wonderful American spirit, Lairds Apple Brandy:

A simple classic for Fall:

Jack Rose
2.5 oz. Lairds 100 Proof Apple Brandy
.5 oz. Home-made Grenadine*
.75 oz. Lemon Juice or Lime Juice (I prefer lemon)
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into chilled coupe glass
Long lemon twist and a skewered brandied cherry for garnish

* I utilize a combination cold-method/hot-method system for making my grenadine.  I use pomegranate juice, orange flower water, pomegranate molasses, and sugar.  With the addition of a little vanilla extract at the end, this is one delicious home-made grenadine!

An here's two Autumn originals:

The 1698 
Lairds 100 Proof Apple Brandy
Dolin Dry Vermouth
Raw ginger juice
Fresh orange and lemon juices
House-made tea syrup
Fresh mint leaves
Served "up" in a chilled coupe glass

Winter in Rome
1/2 of a sprig fresh rosemary  (remove the needles from stem, throw away stem)
.75 oz. Lairds 100 proof apple brandy
.5 oz. Oro Pisco Italia
.5 oz. Campari
.5 oz. Spiced Honey syrup (2:1, honey to water ratio for syrup)
.75 oz. Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Egg White
Dry shake for 15 seconds
Add ice; shake and fine-strain into a chilled coupe glass
Squeeze an orange peel over drink to express the oils; discard the peel
Add a generous amount of freshly grated cinnamon on top of the drink
Garnish with 1/4 of a fresh rosemary sprig, centered in middle of the drink

In 1698, Alexander Laird--a County Fife Scotsman--emigrated from Scotland to America aboard the ship the Caledonia, accompanied by his sons Thomas and William. William settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey. While in Scotland it is believed that William was involved in the production of Scotch. Thus upon his arrival to America, he applied his skills to the most abundant natural resource available in this area of the New World…apples.  He began production of AppleJack for his own use, as well as his friends and neighbors.  For over 300 years, the art of producing Apple Brandy has been passed down through generations of the Laird Family. Laird was America's first commercial distillery with License #1.

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