I feel it coming – vacation! Its just around the corner. From next week on you will be indulging in posts from Australia. However, before we leave, I have tried to muster up as much Christmas spirit as possible. Yesterday we had a dinner with the family which is probably as close to Christmas we will get. And off course, the home mixologist was on the loose. I was actually so proud of my creation that I decided I will share it with you. Perfect for a festive season family gathering.
Lets start with the ingredients (1 oz = 0,3 dl):
- 2 oz Gin
- 2 oz apple cider
- 0,5 oz lime juice
- 1 oz Honey syrup
- 1 apple
- dash of cinnamon
- Garnish with cinnamon and thyme
Start with making the honey syrup. Its simple: just mix some boiling water with an equal amount of honey, and stirr until the honey has dissolved. I actually just poured 0,5 oz honey and 0,5 oz hot water in a glass bottle and shook it until it was mixed. That was a bit of a lazy way out, but no matter, I suspect the taste is just the same. Let the syrup cool down for 30 min before starting with the mixing of other ingredients.
While the syrup is cooling down, you can cut some apple slices. I made really thin sticks to make sure they mix nicelt with the ice cubes. Do all other preparations as well such as press the lime juice.
To mix the cocktail, pour the gin (I used Stockholms Bränneri Dry Gin), lime juice and honey syrup into a mixer, and throw in some cinnamon. Shake, shake, shake your heart out, and pour evenly to glasses filled with ice cubes. Next, throw in the apple slices, and top up the glass with sparkling apple cider. To garnish, place the cinnamon stick and spring of thyme on top.
The end result is a fresh, yet wintery cocktail, which looks awesome. What I could have done, but did not, was to flame the cinnamon stick for some nice Christmas aromas. I actually got a creme brule torch from M, but thought about it a little bit too late. Oh well – I will burn the house down next time. Enjoy!