Autumn in New England


There are occasions that cocktails display unusual and interesting combinations and there are also ingredients that, when paired are a taste that suggests they were designed to be paired. Apple and sage are just one combination that is a perfect example. The slightly astringent, piney scent of sage is blended and enhanced by the fresh apple sweetness. We lightly muddled few leaves of sage in maple syrup in order to infuse our sweetener with herbaceous taste. We then muddled this with apple cider (which provided a subtle fermented taste) and smoky, caramelly Bourbon.

This was too sweet, it was time to find something acidic to balance it out. Cider vinegar's crisp, bracing acidity is perfect and adds another layer of flavor to this tangy, round cocktail. Add sage leaves and, if you're a fan slices of apple. If the sage leaves you have exceed 2 inches in length you can use less.

2–4 fresh sage leaves, plus small sage sprig for garnishing
¼ ounce maple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce apple cider
¼ ounce cider vinegar

Add syrup and sage leaves to the base of the shaker and shake until fragrant, approximately 30 seconds. Add apple cider, bourbon and vinegar. Then fill shaker with the ice. Mix until well combined and chilled, around 5 minutes. Double strain cocktail into chilled old-fashioned glass that is half filled with Ice. Add a sage sprig to the garnish and serve.

Make-Ahead Autumn in New England for Four
Muddle six sage leaves with 1 ounce maple syrup in a the bowl to make it fragrant for around 1 minute. Mix syrup mixture with 8 ounces Bourbon 4 ounces cider apple 2 ounces of water, and 1 ounce of vinegar in a serving pitcher or a large container. Refrigerate the mixture and cover it with a lid until flavors blend and the mixture is chilled for at least two hours and up to 24-hours. Stir until the mixture is recombined. Serve the drink as before. Serves four cocktails.

Notes: Measure in ounces, not cup.
In cooking, we're used to measuring liquids using cup measurements. However, more precise measurements are needed for measuring the smaller amounts of liquid required in cocktails. To get the most consistent results, we designed our recipes with ounce measurements of liquid components. A cocktail jigger is a great tool to measure in this manner.

Imagine cocktail making as similar to baking. Just in the same way that weighing ingredients in baking recipes gives more precise measurements , and result in more delicious baked products, measuring liquids in the ounces produces well-made, balanced cocktails each time. (We are using teaspoon measurements for amounts smaller than 1/4 one ounce.

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