“Tenth Day of Holiday Cocktails”

“On the tenth day of Holiday Cocktails, my true love made for me…

…ten Cinnamon Apple Cocktails!”

Perhaps Cinnamon Apple Cider Martinis, to be more exact — our recipe for tonight showcases a yummy cinnamon apple cider simple syrup (yes, some cooking) and most of all, an amazing spicy rimmer that really makes the drink special!

We are on day 10 of a 12-day cocktail recipe treasure hunt, all based off a list of cocktails on a painted holiday kitchen towel.  I’ve had some returning tasters the past few days, and really have their interest in completing the recipe mission to the point they shopped for the ingredients we didn’t already have in stock!  Here’s what our recipe called for tonight, as found on adishofdailylife.com website:

  • 4 oz vodka (we used Deep Eddy)
  • 1 oz cinnamon apple cider simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • lemon wedge
  • rimmer recipe: 1/2 c sugar, 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, pinch or two of cayenne pepper,  1-2 tsp lemon zest

The simple syrup recipe is simple – 1 c sugar, 1 c apple cider, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon.  We used organic apple cider (I think fresh would be even more awesome) and brought all the ingredients together to a boil, then reduced the heat to medium low for another five minutes, stirring often.  We cooled the syrup as quickly as possible, including placing it into the freezer for a bit — you’ll want it only slightly warm if not totally cool when you prepare your first sippers of delight!

We used our trusty shaker to ice down the vodka and cinnamon apple cider syrup and poured it into two pre-chilled martini glasses with the yummy rimmer.  Icy goodness with just a hint of cinnamon apple enhanced by that little bit of cayenne pepper around the glass rim.  Okay, the first two batches for our four tasters went down pretty quickly, and we agreed to decrease the vodka by an ounce and up the syrup by same — we all agreed that a little more cinnamon apple taste was good for the second round, but only because we all loved the sugar-with-a-kick rimmer that perfectly melded all the flavors featured.

This is another fall/holiday cocktail recipe worth the effort — and can be adjusted for those that like a strong vodka presence or more on the sweet side.  It’s the dusty rimmer that will make everyone smile!



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