Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Classic Cocktail

1/2 cup sugar
15 sprigs thyme
2 tablespoons apple brandy
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh apple cider
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 dash of Angostura bitters
dried or fresh apple slice

Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Remove pan from heat; add thyme sprigs and let syrup cool completely.  Discard thyme sprigs.  (Leftover thyme simple syrup will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.)  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add 1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup, and the rest of the ingredients.  Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with apple slice and enjoy.  

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