I’ve recently noticed that there is a shocking lack of cocktail recipes on this blog. Shame on me. Especially with the holiday season upon us, a time in which nearly every day can be an excuse for a celebration, I need to make sure all my friends can have a delightful cocktail at home. Cocktails are awesome, but bar prices suck. You need something fancy and festive, and I won’t let you down.
This cocktail comes from the brilliant Darla of Bakingdom. She is a genius and a major nerd fighter, and I might have a giant crush on her and her blog. She took the best juice ever, sparkling apple cider (aka kid champagne), added some vodka and a spiced syrup, and created a truly tasty cocktail. It will having you sipping merrily and trying to work fancy words like soiree into your vocabulary.
I don’t know. Holding a martini glass just does strange things to me.
The only minor drawback to this drink is the fact that a bit of spice silt will collect in the bottom of your glass. I tried straining the syrup through a coffee filter to get rid of some of the spice particles, but it didn’t work. Just drink until you get to the thick bits, then rinse out your glass and start again. The flavor that the spiced syrup adds is totally worth it.
It’s nearly Christmas, so there’s no need to look too hard to come up with a reason to drink cocktails with friends. Give this one a try. It’s awesome!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 shot chilled vodka
- 1 shot spiced syrup
- 4 shots chilled sparkling apple cider
- sugar for the rim
- In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for ten minutes, then strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
- Pour a bit of the syrup onto a small plate, then pour some sugar onto another small plate. Dip the top of your martini glass into the syrup then into the sugar. I sort of press the sugar out to the edge of the plate to help coat it better, wedging the sugar between the rim of the glass and the edge of the plate to gently press it on.
- In a cocktail mixer or a measuring cup with a spout, stir together vodka, syrup, and sparkling cider. This one has to be stirred, not shaken. The bubbles from the sparkling cider will build up too much pressure if you shake it.
- Pour your cocktail into your beautifully rimmed martini glass, then walk around pretending you're on Mad Men.